Academic Ceremonies

Graduate Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

Caps, gowns, and hoods are to be worn by all graduate candidates participating in Commencement.

Colors, Ordering, Key Dates, Pricing, Bookstore Hours


All academic apparel is symbolic and colors are important.

  • Master's degree candidates wear black caps and gowns.
  • Tassel and hood colors indicate a candidate's discipline.


  • Best prices for academic apparel are offered at the Graduation Fair on February 27 and February 28
  • You will need to know your University (Purdue or IU) and Degree Name to order the correct cap, gown, hood, and tassel.  Here's a list (searchable when downloaded.)
  • Online ordering of master's rental apparel closes on March 5. After March 5, degree candidates must order in person at the IPFW Bookstore. (Phone orders are not accepted.) Renting after March 5 is more expensive. Best possible prices are at the Graduation Fair.
  • The cost of apparel is payable at the time of order.
  • See sizing details. Extra-large sizes must be special ordered. (Allow extra time for special orders.)
  • All fees are non-refundable. 

Key Dates

January 2: Herff Jones website goes live

February 27 & 28: Graduation Fair (best prices)

March 5: Last day to order master's apparel online

March 6: First day to order in IPFW Bookstore

April 17 & 18: Senior Send-off - Master's caps, gowns, and hoods are distributed


Online through March 5: Cap, Gown, and Hood package: $76

In Bookstore: Cap, Gown, and Hood package: $91*
*Additional expedited shipping fees may also apply

Bookstore hours

Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
   Spring Break Week:
       Monday through Thursday until 5 p.m.
       Friday until 3 p.m.

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