Although what a graduate wears under his cap and gown can depend on whether or not there is a formal school dress code, it is appropriate for graduates to wear dark clothing with either a white shirt or light-colored blouse. While dark slacks and ties are suitable for men, women should wear skirts or dresses. However, weather should be taken into consideration when choosing clothes for this occasion.

In warm weather, lightweight clothing may be more comfortable. For female graduates, the dress or skirt should not hang lower than the graduation gown or robe. It is also appropriate for men to wear dark-colored shoes and for women to wear low-heeled shoes for safety. Some things that should not be worn are jeans, sandals, shorts or tennis shoes.