What to Wear on Your Graduation Day


Congratulations, you’re graduating!  A graduation ceremony is one of the most special occasions in a person’s life, marking the start of a new chapter while celebrating the achievements that led to that point.  Not only will you be in front of hundreds of classmates, family, friends, and faculty, but you will be snapped in countless pictures that will be looked back on for years to come.  That being said, it is extremely important to look your best so that you make a good impression and don’t have any regrets in the future.  Check out some of our tips of what to wear on your graduation day below!


When looking for what to wear under your gown, remember that being conservative is key.  Your graduation is not the place for short dresses, plunging necklines, and stilettos, so try to save them for celebrations being held later in the night.  Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to compromise being stylish and trendy.  Try to find a happy medium between the two and choose a sophisticated dress that exemplifies professionalism, while also expressing your individual personality and sense of style.  Also, since graduation ceremonies are typically held in the springtime, you should opt for a light, sleeveless dress.  Those graduation gowns can get pretty toasty, so being prepared with a lightweight garment underneath can help you keep your cool throughout the day.



Being comfortable on your graduation day is an absolute must; you will be spending most of it standing, walking, and posing.  The last thing you need is a pair of shoes that don’t fit properly or are too high.  While dressy sandals and ballet flats are a reliable option, why not turn it up a notch with a comfortable wedge.  Adding a little lift to your look with help dress up your graduation gown and give you better posture in pictures.  Your shoes are the only things not being covered up, so make them worth the attention!  If you are ever stumped on what shoe to wear, just remember to stick to the three C’s: classy, cute, and comfortable.



For ceremonies being held outdoors, you’re most essential accessory is a pair of sunglasses.  Choose a pair that is classic and simple, and don’t forget to take them off for pictures.  Considering you’ll be wearing a oversized robe for a majority of the day, you should dress it up with some statement jewelry.  Be sure to not go over board.  Stick to one bold piece—either a chunky necklace, embellished earrings, or a stack of bracelets—and keep the rest of your jewelry simple.  Try to refrain from wearing anything that jingles when you move, as you will most likely be doing a lot of waving, hugging, and shaking hands all day.



Of course, no outfit is complete without a smile! All your hard work finally paid off and now it’s time to celebrate you and your peers accomplishments, enjoy this special occasion and proudly display your diploma!

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Make a Statement at Your Graduation Ceremony


Graduation Day marks the end of your college years and the start of your new life as a grown, independent and successful candidate about to be immersed into the working world. Your graduation ceremony will be beautiful, long and packed full of people. You think your student body is big? Just wait until you see all of their friends, families and acquaintances packing the auditorium full to capacity. With an auditorium packed full of professionals from different industries, why not get a head start on finding a job? You’re probably thinking “How am I supposed to stand out in a crowd full of 400+ students?” The answer: put your thinking cap on… literally.

One of the unspoken rules of graduation day ceremonies is to decorate your cap from your cap and gown. With so many people sitting above and around you, this is not only a great way for your family and friends to find you more easily among the rest of the student body, but it will also make you stand out. If you want to use this DIY project as a way to build professional relationships, here’s a few creative ideas from students that may get you thinking!

This is probably one of the coolest cap decorations I think I’ve ever seen! With the perfect blend of meticulous measuring, designing, wire and cardboard, student Benson from UC Davis constructed this graduation cap after receiving his bachelor of science degree in Managerial Economics. The shape on his cap? A floating “!” that resembles a real life Sim’s character. What the exclamation point stands for? Benson’s excitement for graduation day, of course! But, Benson didn’t just want to make a cool cap-image to stand out. Instead, he carefully constructed this awesome three dimensional ‘!’ to really stand out in the crowd! Want to read more about his steps to make this awesome cap? Check out his blog here!

This student at George Washington University didn’t waste any time getting his foot in the door of the professional industry! In a sea full of caps and gowns, one way to be sure to stand out is by writing “Hire Me” in big, white letters. This is such an innovative way to show people in the audience who may be able to land you a position that you’re ready and dedicated to land that first big job. This also shows that while all of your other classmates are getting excited about graduation parties and being done with classes, you’re thinking ahead and getting a head start on finding a job right out of college. This student gets an ‘A’ plus in preparedness! Check it out here!

This student from Whitworth showed just how ready she was for the working world with a pair of business dress socks glued to her cap. The words, “It’s business time!” completed the look, making her cap different from all of the rest. This is such a creative way to show potential employers that you mean business. Check her cap out here!

However you decide to decorate your cap should be fun and eye catching. If you’re a design major, show off your decorating skills and wow potential employers. If you want to be sweet, say “Thanks Mom and Dad” to show them that you appreciate their contribution to your success. At the end of the day, this cap is yours to decorate, so be creative and have fun!