Commencement Attire

Cap, Gown and Hood Rental

University-approved caps, gowns, tassels and hoods must be rented from the "Commencement" link via myPurdue.

Click here for information about attire rental costs and about the various packages that allow graduates to order announcements and other items along with their rental attire. Click here for the online order form for ordering cap and gown rentals, diploma frames, and announcements. Click here for the form to purchase tassels, caps, and stoles.

All candidates who participate in the commencement exercise must wear the university-approved academic attire. Please note that the University does not consider 'souvenir' or 'keepsake' gowns appropriate attire for commencement.

Delivery cannot be guaranteed for orders placed after the deadline published on the Commencement tab in myPurdue. 

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

University Book Store hours may be found on the University Book Store website.

When you pick up your academic attire at the University Book Store, 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 at check-in on graduation day to those undergraduate or professional degree candidates who are candidates for graduation "with distinction" or "with highest distinction." Click here for GPA standards.

Spring 2020 Graduates: University honor cords will be distributed with your program and diploma cover if you met the GPA cutoff with your Fall 2019 GPA.  Any who earn honor cords as a result of Spring 2020 grades will receive them in the mail as soon as possible after the end of the spring term. Click here for GPA standards.

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