The University of Iowa

Apparel

Commencement Apparel

All graduates are expected to wear apparel at their ceremonies. If you wish to obtain official regalia, please see ordering information below.

Undergraduate and Professional Graduates

The Hawk Shop is open and is currently accepting apparel orders along with other items related to commencement. More information can be found on their website.

Apparel will not be available for purchase at the ceremonies. 

Graduate College Graduates

Graduate student apparel can be rented or purchased online at herff.ly/iowa. The deadline for renting apparel is Wednesday, November 16th, at 10:59 PM Central Time. The deadline for purchasing apparel is Saturday, October 15th, at 10:59 PM Central Time. If you have questions, please contact Herff Jones at gradmidwest@gmail.com or (952) 447-4449. It is your responsibility to return rented apparel to Herff Jones within one week of the ceremony. Apparel cannot be returned at the ceremony and must be shipped directly to Herff Jones using the prepaid shipping label included in your apparel box.

Business attire is suggested but not required. Graduates are cautioned regarding their choice of footwear, as stairs and floor may be difficult to navigate. Wearing high-heeled footwear is not advised. Bags or purses may not be carried or left in the graduate staging or seating areas, with the exception of medically necessary items. Please plan to not bring these items in or leave them with your guests. 

Decorating caps and gowns is not permitted. Flowers are not to be worn on gowns or carried in hand. Caps are to be worn with the tams or mortar boards horizontal and the tassel on the left. Tams/mortar boards should be worn during the Processional, Recessional, and while degrees are being conferred. However, they may be removed at other times.

Collegiate Tassel Colors

The color of the tassel to purchase is determined by the college the student is enrolled in. If the student is unsure which college they are enrolled in they can see the information in MyUI.

The colors associated with each college are listed below.

Cap Decorating

Undergraduate students are encouraged to celebrate their achievements by decorating their graduation cap. The following guidelines should be observed. Students who do not adhere to these guidelines may be asked to remove their decorated cap and will be given a replacement cap to wear during the ceremony.

Cap Decorating Guidelines 

  • No items will be allowed to dangle or protrude from the cap; only flat decorations will be permitted.
  • No lights or devices may be attached to the cap.
  • No inappropriate or profane language will be permitted.
  • No negative portrayal of the university or undergraduate experience.

Please Note:

  • The College of Engineering asks that no political verbiage or imagery be used. 
  • College of Medicine students are not allowed to wear decorated caps during the ceremony.
  • Graduate students are not allowed to wear decorated caps during their ceremony.