Academic Ceremonies

Undergraduate Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns are to be worn by all undergraduate candidates participating in Commencement.

All academic apparel is symbolic and colors are important. 

  • Associate degree candidates wear silver caps and gowns.
  • Bachelor degree candidates wear black caps and gowns.
  • Tassel colors for associate and bachelor degree candidates indicate a candidate's discipline.

To reserve a seat at Commencement, you must have purchased (or had previously purchased apparel approved) and you must have registered to participate.

  • Best prices for academic apparel are offered at the Graduation Fair on February 28 and March 1
  • Caps and gowns may be ordered from Herff Jones.  You will need to know your University (Purdue or IU) and Degree Name to order the correct apparel and tassel. Here's a list (searchable when downloaded.)
  • A limited quantity/range of sizes of gowns will be available in the Bookstore April 19 through May 1.
  • 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. 

  Undergraduate Apparel Deadlines

  Tuesday, February 28 (1-6 pm)
  Wednesday, March 1 (9-1 p.m.)

  Graduation Fair

  March 6

  Last day for online Undergraduate 
  orders to be shipped free (ship to
  campus option); may continue to
  order online if choosing to ship to

  April 12 - additional shipping fee


  April 18 - online shipping ends

  Deadlines for online Undergraduate
  orders to be shipped to home;
  after these dates orders must be  
  placed in person in the IPFW

  April 19 (Wednesday) through
  May 9  (Tuesday)

  Purchase cap and gowns in
  Bookstore. Cashiers must verify
  candidates' Commencement
  eligibility with the Office of
  Academic Ceremonies.  Limited
  apparel sizing on hand in

  April 18 (Noon - 8 pm)
  and April 19 (8 am - Noon)

  Senior Send-Off (for apparel
  ordered online before March 6
  available for pickup)

  May 4

  Last day for approval of recycled

  Undergraduate Cap and Gown Pricing

10% Discount at Graduation Fair

  Full Package (Cap,
  Gown, and Tassel)



  Associate  (Silver)



Bachelor (Black)



Component Prices



Associate Gown



Bachelor Gown





(color is
discipline specific)


May I borrow a friend's gown from a previous year?

Recycled gowns may be worn if they match this year's style and color. Recycled gowns must be approved in the Office of Academic Ceremonies, Kettler 157, no later than May 4. 

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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