How to Wear a Tab on Collar for Graduation Gown

by Noel Stanchfield ; Updated September 28, 2017

Look your best at graduation by correctly wearing your tab-on collar.

graduation graffiti image by michele goglio from

Graduation day is full of pomp and circumstance, and regal gowns are one of the ways the gravity of the students' accomplishment is showcased. In recent years, tab-on collars have been given to students to ensure a uniform look among the graduates. Wearing this collar can be confusing if you've never done it before, but don't worry. With a little guidance, you'll be looking sharp and shaking hands with the dean before you know it.

Lay the graduation gown face up on a flat, clean surface.

Unzip the graduation gown.

Position the collar inside the neckline of the graduation gown and move it to where you would like it to sit when you wear it.

Pin the collar to the graduation gown by attaching one pin in the center of the collar and the additional two pins on either end of the collar.

Put the graduation gown on to make sure it looks the way it should. If there is an error, repeat the process while making the necessary adjustments and try it again.


  • When pinning the collar to the gown, generally try to make sure you only pin it to the inside of the gown, not all the way through the several layers of fabric of the gown. This keeps the pins from being seen while the collar is worn.


  • "Special Occasion Clothes"; Jane Bingham; 2008

Photo Credits

  • graduation graffiti image by michele goglio from

About the Author

Noel Stanchfield is a travel, health and beauty writer. She has been writing from firsthand experience since 2004, contributing to various online publications.