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Bloomington Commencement Feature

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Download the December 2016 Commencement Handbook now for comprehensive info. Share it with your family and friends!

Graduate Degree Colors

Not sure about what color hood and tassel you should be ordering?  Check out this chart for a list of schools, degrees, and appropriate colors.

Seating for December Commencement

Download this December 2016 seating map, which provides a general idea of the location of audience and graduate seating sections.

Caps and Gowns

Ordering Information--Winter 2016

All candidates for degrees must wear custom IU apparel at Commencement. Gowns are rented, not purchased, and must be returned after the ceremony. Students keep their caps, tassels, and stoles of gratitude, but graduate students must return rented hoods with their rented gowns. 

If you don't order a cap and gown online or at GradFair, you'll be able to rent them in person during distribution week. Apparel will be available then on a first-come, first-served basis, and a late fee will be applied.

Online orders for December 2016 Commencement caps and gowns are now closed.

Distribution Times and Places

Caps and gowns will be distributed for December Commencement December 12-16 in the IU Bookstore in the Indiana Memorial Union. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. On Saturday, December 17, distribution of undergraduate student caps and gowns will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Gladstein Fieldhouse, directly east of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Picking up caps and gowns on the day of your graduation ceremony should be regarded as a last resort because time will be short, supplies limited, and lines potentially long.

The IU Bookstore prefers that students whose last names begin with the letters A through N pick up their apparel on Monday and Tuesday of Distribution Week, and that students whose names begin with the letters O through Z pick up their appareal on Wednesday and Thursday.

You must have a picture ID to pick up your apparel. If someone else is picking it up for you, that person must bring a copy of the receipt you received either in person or via email, and a note from you indicating permission to collect your cap and gown.


All rented apparel must be returned after the ceremony. Return instructions will be available at pickup.

Note: Cap and gown orders are available only for the closest upcoming ceremony. Students intending to graduate in the spring of 2017 may not order apparel in the fall. Any orders placed in the fall will not be carried over to the spring, and refunds will not be given.

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