Commencement Attire

Cap, Gown and Hood Rental

Appropriate caps, gowns and hoods may be rented from the "Graduating" link via myPurdue or at the Herff Jones site. Information about attire rental costs and about the various packages that allow graduates to order announcements and other items along with their rental attire may be found by clicking here.

All candidates who participate in the commencement exercise must wear the appropriate academic attire. Associate and baccalaureate degree candidates wear a black baccalaureate gown, stole and cap. Master's degree or Educational Specialist degree candidates wear a full-sleeved black master's gown and cap with an appropriately colored master's hood. Doctoral candidates wear the appropriate gown and cap. The doctoral hood will be carried over the candidate's left arm with the neckband on the outside. The hood must be an appropriate doctor's hood with Purdue colors. Any other hood, or no hood, will disqualify the candidate from participation in the exercises.

Delivery cannot be guaranteed for orders placed after November 6, 2016. Orders placed on or after October 31st will be billed an additional $50 late fee.

Participating faculty members should contact the University Bookstore at 1-800-347-9618 to rent academic attire.

Rented academic attire will be available for pick up starting Monday, December 12.

University Bookstore hours are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday -- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET
  • Friday -- 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
  • Saturday -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET
  • Sunday -- Noon to 5 p.m. ET

When you pick up your academic attire at the University Bookstore, examine it immediately to be sure that you have the correct gown, cap, hood (if appropriate), and proper color cap tassel. Please note that the University does not consider purchased 'souvenir' or 'keepsake' gowns appropriate attire for commencement. A complete list of the correct hood and tassel colors can be found on the Hood and Tassel Web page.

Honor Cords

University honor cords will be distributed by college/school marshals in the Armory on graduation day to those undergraduate or professional degree candidates who are candidates for graduation "with distinction" or "with highest distinction." GPA standards for associate, baccalaureate, and professional degrees for May 2016 have been announced. These standards also will be followed for Summer and Winter candidates.

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