Cap & Gown Tips: Look Your Best

Hey Graduates! It’s YOUR big day. Graduation is a really important milestone. You want to look your best for your graduation day. We know you have plenty on your to-do list. We wanted to offer some tips to make your graduation day a little less stressful. Below are 5 easy steps to preparing your cap and gown for graduation.

1. Immediately Remove The Gown From The Bag

In order to ensure that your cap, gown and tassel are ready for graduation, it is important to remove it as soon as you get home. Leaving the gown in the bag doesn’t allow the fabric to breathe and relax. 

2. Place Your Gown On The Hanger

After you take the graduation gown out of the bag, place it on a hanger and let the wrinkles fall out. If you still have some pesky wrinkles, here are some tips you can try.
  • Use a cool iron or steamer on the gown
  • Hang the gown in a bathroom and run the shower as the steam should help release wrinkles
  • Make sure you don’t wash or dry clean the gown

3. Try On Your Cap & Gown!

It’s always a good idea to try on your cap and gown prior to the actual graduation day. Make sure that the gown fits you well and that the measurements are all accurate to avoid any unnecessary stress on graduation day.

4. Check Out How The Gown Looks

After trying on your gown, make sure the sleeves fall below your elbow and above the palm of your hand. The bottom of the gown should fall below your knee and above your ankle. Ideally around the middle of your shin. The gown should not be tight and fitted. It is not meant to be that way. 

5. Complete The Graduation Outfit With Your Cap & Tassel

Once you know that your graduation gown fits you correctly, it’s time to try on your cap. Loop the tassel over the button on the top of the cap. Prior to putting on your cap, look inside and find the word “front”. It should be flat and level to the floor. Feel free to use bobby pins to properly secure the cap. On graduation day, remember that your tassel starts on the right side and is moved to the left side after you graduate. 
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