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Bloomington Commencement Feature

Caps and Gowns

Cap and Gown Photo Album

In 2006, IU introduced distinctive custom apparel featuring a lightweight black gabardine robe piped with crimson braid along the trim. Candidates for bachelor’s and associate degrees also receive a crimson stole of gratitude, which they wear during the ceremony. Afterward, grads may keep the stoles as a memento of the day or present them as a token of thanks to anyone who has guided them on their path to graduation. Graduates also keep their caps and tassels. Candidates for master’s degrees wear gowns with unique long sleeves and a velvet-lined hood. Their gowns feature the university seal on the left yoke.

Ph.D. and doctoral candidates wear gowns embellished with velvet trim and a fuller satin- and velvet-lined hood. Their gowns feature the Indiana University seal on the yoke. 

Master's and bachelor's robes
Left to Right: Master's and
Bachelor's Apparel
PH.D robe
Side View of Ph.D. Apparel
PH.D robe
Back View of Ph.D. Apparel


The bachelor’s and associate’s gowns have a closed front and open sleeves.

The master’s gown has extremely long, closed sleeves, from which the arms extend through a slit at the wrist; the end of the sleeve is square, with an arc cut away just above the bottom.

The doctor’s gown has velvet panels down the front and voluminous bell-shaped sleeves on which there are three velvet bars. The velvet is usually black, but may reflect the color of the discipline.

Below are detailed photos of bachelor's, master's, and doctor's gowns.

Bachelor gown
Bachelor's Gown
Master gown
Master's Gown
Doctor gown
Doctor's Gown


Candidates and degree holders wear caps. The flat, square cap is called a mortarboard.

The rounded fabric cap is called a tam.

Each cap is decorated with a colored tassel appropriate to the school or division from which a student is graduating. Recipients of doctoral degrees wear gold tassels.

Doctor gown
Doctor gown

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