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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Samantha Porter

Samantha Porter

My name is Samantha Porter - alumni of Towson University, class of '11. I am an avid blogger who enjoys fashion, style and D.I.Y. projects. When not browsing my favorite sites such as Pinterest and Wanelo, you can find me at home with my dog, Bruno!