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What do parent's wear to Graduation

learning100learning100 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
edited March 2013 in Parent Cafe
Trying to figure out what you wear to Graduation. It is a private university with ceremonies on Saturday by department and then the big ceromony with everyone on Sunday.
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Replies to: What do parent's wear to Graduation

  • SkyhookSkyhook Registered User Posts: 1,095 Senior Member
    Wear something nice, but comfortable. Nice slacks or a skirt.

    For your own comfort and protection, try to find out whether you are going to be inside or out, sitting in the blistering sun, etc, and how long the ceremonies last. You might need sunscreen, sunglasses, a bottle of water, etc. At some ceremonies, you need binoculars to see your graduate from where you are sitting.
  • redshoesredshoes Registered User Posts: 247 Junior Member
    At DS1's graduation last year (at Cornell) people were way more dressed up than I would have guessed. The outfit of choice for women was a linen (or similar) sheath dress. It was broiling, so there were lots of hats too. Men were in jackets and ties, though the jackets came off in the heat.
  • PizzagirlPizzagirl Registered User Posts: 40,488 Senior Member
    I understand that. It's a special occasion and I think one dresses up for special occasions.
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 21,178 Senior Member
    I will be in a dress, H will be in a jacket and dress shirt/pants. I may bring a hand held fan if it's really hot. Cornell graduation here too.
  • ellemenopeellemenope Registered User Posts: 11,380 Senior Member
    Great reason to buy a new outfit!
  • LasMaLasMa Registered User Posts: 10,847 Senior Member
    When D graduates, there will be one non-negotiable for me: flat shoes.
  • CBBBlinkerCBBBlinker Registered User Posts: 3,392 Senior Member
    Almost everyone I saw last year at D's graduation (Wake Forest) was quite dressed up -- dresses for women and jacket and tie for men.
  • 360Training360Training Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    yep, make sure your flat shoes goes with your dress.

    I agree with Skyhook. Make sure you know if the venue has good ventilation and if the ceremony is strictly formal or what. I remember some parents during my graduation, wearing something nice to look at but you can easily observe how uncomfortable they were with it.
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,638 Senior Member
    I will be in a dress, H will be in a jacket and dress shirt/pants. I may bring a hand held fan if it's really hot. Cornell graduation here too.

    Now you've got me thinking I should buy a decent hat instead of the baseball cap I was planning to wear to Cornell's outdoor graduation to keep my head from getting sunburned.

    It's always nice to have an excuse to shop.
  • walkinghomewalkinghome Registered User Posts: 7,716 Senior Member
    My oldest son graduated last year on May 1st from Roanoke College in Virginia. The venue was outside but I didn't know if it was going to be a Springy 70 degrees or a cool 65 or a hot 80! I chose a sleeveless dress sort of like this one - Nature print mesh dress | Coldwater Creek and wore it with comfy sandals and a cotton mesh shaw. It worked out very well.
  • redshoesredshoes Registered User Posts: 247 Junior Member
    Of course, since it's Ithaca, this year it could be snowing.
  • walkinghomewalkinghome Registered User Posts: 7,716 Senior Member
    Cornell has a pretty late graduation doesn't it? (Nephew is alum) You MIGHT be able to leave the parka home.
  • redshoesredshoes Registered User Posts: 247 Junior Member
    Usually it is the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, so there is a chance it will be nice!
  • kitty56kitty56 Registered User Posts: 1,310 Senior Member
    Just bought a new dress for son's Memorial Day weekend graduation. Also did the same for D's graduation 5 years ago. There is a reception the evening before for graduates and their families for which we will also be somewhat dressed up. H will wear a suit and tie.
  • momofthreeboysmomofthreeboys Registered User Posts: 15,604 Senior Member
    We just got the letter yesterday from the college. The ceremony is in two weeks. It's in the mountains on the football field. It has snowed some years and been blazing hot other years (according to the letter.) The letter suggested layers, bring a blanket (to wrap up in), bring sunscreen, bring sunglasses...no heels allowed on the field. Guess I'm wearing pants, sounds "rustic." I'm bringing a dress for the President's reception on Friday night but defintely decided I'm dressing down for the actual graduation ceremony. Can't wait, we're so proud of him for "getting it done."
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