Make sure your graduation outfit gets top marks this year with our answers to some frequently asked questions.
Your graduation photo will most probably be front and centre on the mantelpiece for years to come, so we recommend going for something classic and then adding some personality with your accessories. An impeccably fitted charcoal or navy suit will always be considered smart. It’ll be appropriate for the ceremony and also look great for any celebrations that may take place after. Team your suit with a plain shirt for a look that is timeless. White, light blue or light pink are great colour choices that won’t date. Pick a double cuff shirt with cufflinks to add a formal finishing touch to your look.
Your graduation is a celebration of your achievements so even if you don’t feel comfortable wearing a suit, we advise still going for something sharp. Why not style some tailored separates together for a more relaxed look?
A darker colour is best for your bottom half as it’s the bit that can be seen beneath your gown. Choose a pair of trousers that suit your shape and style – from skinny and slim to tailored, there’s a fit to suit everyone. As for shoes, they’ll be seen too, so choose a pair of well-polished leather derbies – they’re smart but feel a bit more casual than Oxfords.
In short, no. It’s a ceremonial event and formal dress is normally customary. Jeans, t-shirts, trainers and other casual clothes are not considered appropriate and some universities might not let you into your graduation ceremony wearing them.
You’ll spend a lot of the day standing, so we advise against wearing brand new shoes. Make sure you choose a pair that are comfortable, smart and polished. Your shoes will be seen out of the bottom of your gown, so go for a smart, classic Oxford with a rounded toe. Alternatively, you can opt for a formal pair of loafers or brogues if you’d like a more on-trend look.
First things first, make sure your cap fits the way it’s supposed to. Use a tape measure and check your size with the measurements given by the supplier. Your cap should fit snugly but not be too tight. Wait until you have everything else on, then use some hair spray before fitting your cap to avoid hat hair. If you’re still having trouble getting your cap to stay in place, you can use a few hair grips to secure the cap to your head.
Fun fact: tassels are usually worn on the right side and shifted to the left when you receive your scroll.