Students

Your Commencement attire, piece by piece

All candidates for all degrees must wear IU apparel at Commencement. Gowns and hoods are rented, not purchased, and must be returned after the ceremony. You'll keep your cap, tassel, and honor cords, and graduating seniors will keep their Stoles of Gratitude.

The gown

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

Graduating students in line at Commencement

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.

Doctoral hooding

All doctoral candidates will be individually introduced during Commencement, and all will be hooded on the floor in front of the stage.

How doctoral hooding works

Picking up your apparel

The time to pick up your academic apparel is during distribution week, December 11–15. Distribution week also is your final opportunity to rent a cap and gown if you didn’t pre-order during the online rental period.

Distribution week details

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

Graduation checklist