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7 Cute Dresses to Wear for Your Graduation Ceremony

7 Cute Dresses to Wear for Your Graduation Ceremony

Searching for cute graduation dresses in Canada to shop?

Whether you’re looking for dresses to wear to your grade 8 or 12 graduation ceremony or for your college/university convocation, you’ll definitely find some cute options on this list.

Of course, I picked dresses I thought would look cute under graduation gowns!

Here are some of the best and cutest dresses to wear to your graduation/convocation ceremony.

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Dresses to wear to your graduation ceremony

Grad is a special time, both for you and your loved ones.

I’d go with something that’s a little dressier, but also conservative.

Here are some cute dresses I think are appropriate for a graduation/convocation ceremony!

Keep in mind that you’ll be wearing your dress under your graduation gown, so make sure they don’t clash!

Mini dress

When in doubt, go with a cute minidress like this one from ASTR the Label.

It comes in an adorable pink or baby blue, which remind me of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella!

This flowy minidress features a sleek satin material, which makes it dressy enough for graduation and convocation ceremonies.

I’d wear the dress with these sleek Jeffrey Campbell platform mule heels!

Midi dress

Maxi dresses: a little bit fancy with plenty of cute.

The thick straps and modest square neckline of this maxi dress from Nordstrom’s Halogen brand make this dress conservative enough to wear to your graduation ceremony!

It comes in either a classy white or a bright orange.

After your graduation, you can wear it to any summer activities like picnics or events like weddings or baby showers.

These tan Calvin Klein sandals would go perfectly with the dress, and they’re a low heel!

Floral dress

If you’re looking for the perfect summer dress, you can’t go wrong with florals.

I absolutely adore these floral dresses from Row A, BB Dakota, and Eliza J, all of which are available on Nordstrom!

Afterwards, you can wear your dress to summer picnics and any other occasions where a cute floral dress is fitting.

For shoes, go with these affordable BP. clear wedges or these chic Steve Madden heels.

Shoes to wear to your graduation ceremony

Whether you’re into high heels or flat shoes, here are some ideas for graduation shoes you can wear to your ceremony.

No shame in wearing flats by the way – I wore fancy flip flops to my grade 8 graduation!

Platform heels

Low heels



A little #throwback to my old graduation dresses

Just for fun, here are some photos of what I wore to my grade 8 and grade 12 graduation ceremonies.

Fun facts: a girl at my grade 8 grad wore a very similar dress in a very similar colour, and a girl at my grade 12 grad wore the exact same dress as me.

Back then, online shopping wasn’t that big, so everyone was just buying their dresses at the same mall stores.

Thankfully, we have tons of more options now, even at the mall!

Le Chateau coral dress for grade 8 graduation ceremony
My grade 8 graduation ceremony was the first time I’d ever dressed so fancy – I even got my hair done at a salon. I couldn’t walk in heels, so I wore sparkly silver flip flops.
Guess white dress for grade 12 graduation ceremony
I wore a simple white summer dress from Guess for my grade 12 graduation ceremony, and one of my classmates was wearing the exact same dress as me. She was also dating my ex-boyfriend. Awkward.
Aritzia romper for university convocation ceremony
What I wore to my university convocation ceremony! Simple, conservative, and cute.

For those of you also graduating this year, congratulations!

I hope you find some inspiration from this post on what to wear to your own graduation/convocation ceremony 🙂

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  1. Kimberly Hsieh says:

    Aww baby Jessica is so cute!! Congrats on graduation 🙂 I would totally wear the blue floral dress for graduation heh

  2. Sheila Joy says:

    Oh, graduation is always exciting! Wishing you loads of luck 🙂

  3. Teresa Desouza says:

    Love the red dress on you!

  4. Jessica Lam says:

    Hehe thanks Kim! Since my grad gown is royal blue I’ll probably wear a solid colour bc the gown speaks for itself :p

  5. Jessica Lam says:

    Thanks so much Sheila! 🙂

  6. Jessica Lam says:

    Thank you Teresa!! 🙂

  7. thesophiadiaries says:

    Omg, this is soooo cute!! I’m glad you’re not embarassed to show your 8th grade photos xD I would die before i ever showed that part of myself to the rest of the world xD also, the red dress is amazing! I love the picture of your and your boo <3 sooooooo cute!!!

  8. Linda Ton says:

    Congratulations Jessica, you look stunning here! I have one more year at ryerson, wish I got to meet you on campus or something. Cheers to your new journey <3

  9. That dress is absolutely stunning and so are you Jessica!

  10. Emma S. Cheng says:

    Congratulations on graduating, Jessica! I love your dress! Can’t wait to see the baby blue dress!

  11. Deborah says:

    Aww you look so cute in your old graduations! And the dress you picked for the awards ceremony is so beautiful – almost like Jessica Rabbit!
    Congrats on graduating!!

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