Your Commencement attire, piece by piece

NOTE: If you already have academic apparel that you rented in anticipation of a Commencement ceremony in May, please feel free to keep it through the virtual Commencement on Saturday, December 19. Then, please return your gown (and hood if you’re a graduate degree recipient) to Herff Jones in the provided postage-paid packaging by Thursday, December 31. If you plan to return to campus and take part in the May 2021 Commencement, rent-free gowns and hoods will be available for you to wear. Keep your cap, tassel, and (if you’re an undergraduate degree recipient) Stole of Gratitude and remember to bring them to campus in May.

If you have not yet rented apparel for Commencement, you may do so during the virtual GradFair or from the Herff Jones websiteOrder by November 16 to get the best deal; rental prices from November 17 until orders close on November 22 are increased by $75.

The gown

Indiana University has custom apparel for Commencement featuring a lightweight black gabardine robe piped with crimson braid.

Bachelor’s and associate gowns

The bachelor’s and associate gowns have a closed front and open sleeves.

Candidates for bachelor’s and associate degrees also receive a crimson Stole of Gratitude, embellished with the Indiana University seal, which they wear during the ceremony.

A graduating student waves

Master’s gowns

The master’s gown has extra long, closed sleeves, with a small opening at the wrist. The end of the sleeve is square, with an arc cut away just above the bottom.

A student in Commencement apparel

Doctoral gowns

The doctoral gown has velvet panels down the front and voluminous, bell-shaped sleeves. Each sleeve has three velvet bars. The velvet is usually black, but may reflect the color of the discipline.

Stoles of Gratitude

Graduates may keep their Stoles of Gratitude as a memento of the day, or present them as a token of thanks to anyone who guided them on their path to graduation.

Caps, tassels, and hoods

All candidates wear a cap (also called a mortarboard) that is adorned with a colored tassel appropriate to the school or division from which they are graduating. All students may keep their caps and tassels after the ceremony.

All graduate degree candidates also wear a hood. The master’s hood extends past the middle of the back and has a wide velvet edging. The doctoral hood is easily recognized by the width of the velvet edging, the wide panels at both sides, and the greater length. Rental hoods must be returned with rental gowns.

Rent caps and gowns

Online orders for Commencement 2020 are now open! You can order your cap and gown here:

You’re almost there. Use our graduation checklist to prepare for Commencement.

Graduation checklist