The University of Iowa


Commencement Apparel

Undergraduate and Professional Graduates

The Iowa Hawk Shop is currently closed.

Undergraduate and professional students wanting to purchase commencement apparel can do so online through the Iowa Hawk Shop.

Please allow at least two weeks for processing/shipping. Use code 2020GRAD during checkout to receive 20% off apparel purchases. 

Graduate College Graduates

Graduate student apparel can be rented or purchased online at If you have questions, please contact Herff Jones at or 952-447-4449.




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. 

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.