Now that you’ve checked your eligibility and have applied to graduate, you may also qualify to wear special recognition apparel on Commencement Day. High-achieving undergraduates may receive honor cords.
Students who are graduating with Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction are entitled to wear fourragères: cream and crimson cords for IU graduates, black and gold for Purdue graduates.
Fourragères should be worn pinned to the left shoulder of your gown. Pin the fourragères halfway between the shoulder seam and the collar. The loop will drape over the outside of the sleeve with two cords hanging in front and two in the back of the sleeve. Your arm should not go through the loop.
The fourragères are provided by the university as a gift to you and are picked up from your individual school or honor society.