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Commencement

Bloomington Commencement Feature

Hooding of Doctoral Candidates at Graduate Commencement in May

Doctoral candidates who are being hooded are responsible for arranging with their faculty mentors to meet them at Gladstein Fieldhouse, 1001 E. 17th Street, directly east of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (where Commencement takes place) for robing and lineup. Both students and their faculty mentors are instructed to arrive for robing and lineup by 1 p.m.. on Friday, May 5.

Hooding of Doctoral Candidates at December Commencement

Doctoral candidates who are being hooded are responsible for arranging with their faculty mentors to meet them at Gladstein Fieldhouse, directly east of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (where December Commencement takes place) for robing and lineup. Both students and their faculty mentors are instructed to arrive for robing and lineup by 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 16.

Securing Doctoral Hoods with the Attached Loop

The loop at the front of the doctoral hood can be fastened to a button or safety pin on the wearer's clothes.

Fastening the hood loop to a button or pin

Faculty Info

Cap and Gown Information

Indiana University Bloomington is pleased to provide faculty members with academic regalia for Commencement and other robed ceremonies. There is no charge.

Spring Commencement 2017

Invitations to order apparel and participate in May Commencement are sent to members of the faculty via email early in the spring 2017 semester. All faculty apparel is ordered online. If you miss the March 3, 2017, deadline, you will still be able to obtain your apparel during distribution week at the IMU Bookstore. Apparel supplies are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

What Your Cap and Gown Will Look Like

Faculty members who request apparel by the deadline will receive a black gown, a hood reflecting the faculty member’s highest degree and the institution from which he or she received it, an adjustable tam, and the appropriate tassel. At Indiana University, faculty members who have received a Ph.D. wear royal blue hoods and gold tassels on their caps. Faculty members who have received other doctoral degrees wear hoods and tassels reflecting their disciplines. Faculty members who have received bachelor's or master's degrees wear the hoods of their fields and black tassels on their caps.

Faculty members obtaining apparel after the deadline will receive a black gown, an IU hood, an adjustable mortarboard, and a tassel.

In all cases, only black gowns and adjustable tams/mortarboards are available. Faculty members who graduated from a college or university that uses colored gowns must contact that institution directly to inquire about renting or purchasing one.

Faculty members wishing to wear a tam instead of a mortarboard after the online order date must purchase it. Please contact IU’s licensed apparel vendor, Herff Jones.

Upholding the Traditions of Academic Regalia

Commencement is one of the most moving and most dignified of all academic ceremonies, and faculty members carry on a vibrant tradition when they don regalia, join the academic procession, and take their seats in the hall. Thus, faculty are asked to forego extraneous adornment favored by some students, and wear with pride the formal caps and gowns and colorful hoods that reflect their disciplines, degrees, and degree-granting institutions. In doing so, they add gravitas to the occasion and represent the pride of Indiana University.


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