How to wear your graduate cap and gown for commencement
Congratulations! You’ve made it through your master’s program, and you’ve learned to thrive!
Even though you’ve just earned a master’s degree, figuring out how to wear your graduation gown might just be your most mind-boggling moment at ASU. But don’t let wardrobe confusion get in the way of your proud day. Read on for tips on how to wear your cap and gown.
How to wear your graduate cap and gown:
Hang up your gown on a hanger ASAP! You might have outgrown others telling you to pick up your clothes from the floor, but it’s never too late for a reminder — trust us, you really need to hang your gown. 😉
Only cool iron or steam your gown. Do not wash or dry clean it. After all, no one wants a wrinkled — or worse — shrunk gown!
At first, your graduate gown might be a bit confusing. When you put on your gown, slip your hands through the wrists’ opening, which will cause the back of the sleeves to hang down.
Remember: the zipper should zip up the front and your hemline should fall below the knee and above the ankle. Whether you wear flats or heels, it won’t affect the hemline.
First, put on your stole, followed by your academic hood. Fasten the hood around your neck, and hang down your back. Next come the cords, which should be fastened to your shirt.
Now for a quick check: Make sure the hood’s velvet portion is displayed and everything is even. 👍
Now, you may be wondering, “What about my cap?”
The crown of the cap faces forward, and the bottom of the cap should be 1 inch above your eyebrows. It should also be flat and level with the floor.
Once you’re done putting on your cap, you’re set!