Student Apparel

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.

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.