What Do Guests Wear to a College Graduation?

It is recommended that commencement guests dress in business casual attire that is appropriate for the weather. Guests should consider whether the event is indoors or outdoors when planning their wardrobe.

Business casual attire is similar to appropriate clothing for a religious service. Men typically wear slacks and a button-down shirt, while women often wear dresses. Suit jackets are appropriate for men if the commencement is scheduled during the winter months. Campus ceremonies are often staged outdoors, so footwear should be comfortable for walking on pavement and grass. For indoor ceremonies, men and women should plan to dress in layers for comfort; heating and cooling in academic auditoriums can be unpredictable.