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7 Dresses to Wear for Your Graduation Ceremony

7 Dresses to Wear for Your Graduation Ceremony

My convocation ceremony is next week, and I thought I’d share some inspiration for graduation dresses!

It feels so weird to say that I’m graduating university – it seriously doesn’t feel like four years have gone by.

I’ll probably write a separate post all about my mushy, gushy thoughts and feelings about graduating, but for now, this is a post about what to wear to graduation.

My grad gown is going to be royal blue and we don’t get caps to wear, so I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to wear myself!

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

Graduation dresses

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, rompers, and jumpsuits I think are appropriate for a graduation/convocation ceremony!

Graduation shoes

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!


Low heels

Flats & Wedges

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.

Pro-tip: maybe don’t shop at Le Chateau or Guess for graduation dresses.

*Update: I’ve also included what I wore to my university convocation ceremony!

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 ended up wearing to my convocation ceremony! Simple, conservative, and cute.

For those of you also graduating this year, congratulations!

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

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on summer shoes for your capsule wardrobe, or any of my other fashion posts.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Macarena Ferreira

Sunday 18th of June 2017

Love how you posted the throwbacks!! Haha you seriously look stunning in the red dress #goals

Xo //

Seersucker Sass

Friday 16th of June 2017

Such a beautiful dress! And congratulations on graduation :)

I wore hot pink pumps when I graduated so that my parents would be able to pick me out of the crowd! Haha

XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

Amanda @ A Good Hue

Thursday 15th of June 2017

You look gorgeous in red!

Hanna Doerbeck

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

What a great post!! I love how you included some really beautiful and classy dresses in a typical young woman's budget. You look amazing!

mckenna bleu

Monday 12th of June 2017

This red dress is so cute and looks stunning on you!