Do You Wear Your Cap And Gown To Graduation

Congratulations if you are a class of 2020 graduate! One of the most waited-for moments of your college career is here, graduation. As you finish up final exams and get ready to celebrate, you may be wondering, do you wear your cap and gown to graduation?

The short answer is yes; a cap and gown is a must-have for graduation day; it’s essential for taking part in a ceremony and it’s a part of the tradition. Apart from looking splendid on your special day, robes and caps can also serve as a reminder of the hard work it took to get you there. Most universities provide these for their graduates; if you’re lucky, you receive yours with student loan money. The colors on the robe are not accidental; they usually reflect the field of study. Premade academic regalia is made to professional specifications and comes in a variety of sizes.

So when you’re packing for the big day, don’t ignore the need for a cap and gown. It not only looks great in photos but also serves as recognition that you are an official graduate. On a practical side, it’s designed to keep your clothing clean; you’ll be kneeling, accept your diploma and shake your school’s president hand meanwhile standing. Plus, if your school involves any special degrees, like Latin honors, they will be marked on your gown.

But some of you may be wondering what unique twist you can add to your garb for the celebration. Well, it is acceptable to wear a pin to graduation and if you have one that is democracy friendly, you can do this. If it is an animal or favorite superhero character, you can make your statement. But if you ever doubt, just stick to the rules since anything controversial on your gown might be seen as a distraction.

You may also wear pins to denote achievements, awards, even military service. But keep in mind, most universities don’t allow any pins from companies or organizations; if it draws attention away from the purpose of the ceremony. If you are a graduate of 2017 or prior, you may want to dress in casual clothing.

Types Of Graduation Caps

The mortarboard is the most common cap worn by recent grads today. It is the standard eight-corner black cap with a flat square top. Tonsure, a round black clerical cap is an old design, worn by people pursuing advanced degrees in theology and certain types of academics. It is becoming popular among graduates of seminaries, universities, and colleges. The elegant-looking tam-o’-shanter is made of velvet while the square board is made of a stiff material, usually a cardboard material, covered with velvet. It is worn by graduates of colleges and universities.

The flat cap with a tassel is a variant of the mortarboard. Most flat caps come in black and have gold tassels hanging from the flat top. The doctor’s cap, which is also called the Oxford cap, is a type of mortarboard with a soft, rounded top, usually with two tabs that hang from the rounded cap and contain an academic hood. It is usually reserved for graduates of doctoral programs.

Tips For Wearing Your Regalia On Graduation Day

On graduation day, it is important to make sure you look your best. Follow some tips to make sure you look your best in graduation cap and gown:

  • Be sure to iron the gown before wearing it to look presentable.
  • Make sure your cuffs and hems are straight so they look neat and tidy.
  • Make sure to keep everything in place; don’t forget your safety pins or bobby pins.
  • Check your cap is level and firmly in place.
  • Put your gowns on as soon as you arrive to get the full effect!

Important Things to Know Before Gown Shopping

When shopping for a graduation gown, consider the following important factors:

  • Know your school’s colors and the specific shade of the color. Make sure you get the right shade for your school.
  • If you need a hood, make sure you know your school’s colors. Most gowns come with hoods that have school colors, but they make different colors.
  • Know your size. Make sure you measure your chest, waist, and hips to determine your size before you order a gown.
  • Be aware of shipping time. Graduation gowns take weeks to ship, so be sure you order early enough so you get your gown on time.
  • Read customer reviews. When shopping online, make sure you read customer reviews to ensure you get the best quality gown for your money.

When to Take Off a Cap and Gown

Once you’ve received your cap and gown, you have to take it off as soon as the ceremony is over. Traditionally, caps and gowns should not be kept on after the ceremony has finished, as it can be seen as disrespectful. As much as you might feel proud of your achievements and want to show off your style, the best way to show your pride is through your actions.

Many universities also have rules about when not to wear your cap and gown; for example, if you’re taking a field trip, going to a school event, or attending a social gathering. Be sure to read up on your school’s regulations and follow the guidelines to avoid any unwanted missteps.

Proper Care For Your Cap and Gown

You’ll be surprised how much you’ll use your cap and gown after the ceremony is over. It’s important that you take good care of your regalia in order to keep it in pristine condition for years to come. Firstly, you should only wash it in cold water on the gentle cycle. Secondly, don’t leave it in the washer or dryer for too long; most of the fabric used in graduation robes is delicate and may be damaged by the harshness of the spinning and tumbling motions of the machines. Thirdly, if you plan on keeping it for a long time, take the time to iron it correctly and hang it up in a safe space. Combine these steps with occasional patting down and smoothing, and you’ll have your graduation robe looking as new as the day it arrived.


Graduation day is one of the most awaited moments of any college career. Taking part in the ceremony requires the traditional cap and gown, which not only looks great but can also serve as a reminder of all the hard work it took to get you there. Whether you’re graduating in 2017 or prior, it’s important to understand the various types of graduation caps, tips for wearing it on graduation day, and take proper care for your cap and gown. Now you have the essential information to prepare for your graduation with pride.

Debi Davis

Debi J. Davis is a passionate and experienced hat-lover with over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. She has worked in the millinery business for many years, learning the craft of hat-making from her father who was also a milliner. She has written extensively about hats, including articles for magazines and blogs.

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