All candidates for degrees must wear custom IU or Purdue apparel at Commencement. Students rent their gowns and return them after the ceremony. Graduates keep their caps, tassels, and (if they received undergraduate degrees) stoles of gratitude. A link for ordering student apparel for Commencement will be provided to all graduating students during the spring 2022 semester.
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 or gold Stole of Gratitude, embellished with a university seal, which they wear during the ceremony.
The master’s gown has extra-long, closed sleeves, with a small opening at each wrist. The end of each sleeve is square, with an arc cut away just above the bottom.
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.
Tassels and hoods
Candidates for degrees wear tassels in colors that indicate the schools from which they are graduating. In addition, master’s and doctoral students wear hoods in colors that match their tassels. Those who have not yet received a degree wear their tassels on the right of their caps, moving them to the left upon the conferral of their degrees.
Tassel and hood colors by school
Health and Human Sciences
Informatics and Computing
Public and Environmental Affairs
Stole of Gratitude
All undergraduate students receive a stole of gratitude to wear during Commencement. 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.
How do I get my honor cord?
Honor cords are distributed by the school contacts/recorders, for more information, contact your school recorder.
Fourragères and medallions
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. The fourragères are provided by the university as a gift to the student.
Students who are graduating with honors may wear gold medallions. The requirements for graduating with honors are different for each school, and honors are awarded by a vote of various faculty members.
Additionally, graduates who have been admitted to any of these nationally recognized honor societies may wear the appropriate cords.
Refunds: Refunds are available under certain circumstances. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, order confirmation number, contact phone number, and email address.
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 back of the sleeve. Your arm should not go through the loop.