The University of Iowa


Commencement Apparel

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

The spring 2022 Grad Fair will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m March 30 and 31 at the Iowa Hawk Shop.

Please contact the Hawk Shop for details.

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

The deadline for renting graduate student apparel has passed. If you are still in need of apparel, please contact Herff Jones directly at (952) 447-4449 or

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