What Can You Do with a Graduation Gown?

This is the time of year for graduations and celebrations! Many graduates will be bringing home their grad caps, tassels, and graduation gowns after their commencement ceremonies. Chances are, they will not be taking them when they move to college or start their new careers. These once treasured items will be left at home.

repurposing graduation gowns, using graduation gowns
This graduation gown can be re-purposed to protect clothing!

When my eldest son graduated from high school in 2007, he kept his graduation gown and cap. (Of course, since we had to purchase them!) His cap was put in a drawer, along with his tassel. His graduation gown was hung in his closet.

When he went away to college, I was organizing his closet a bit to make room for some of my clothes that I didn’t wear often. (His room has the largest closet in our home.) As I was hanging some of my ‘dressy’ dresses, I decided I needed to protect them. I found that I was staring at my ‘purple’ solution in his closet! I decided to put his graduation gown over my dresses!

re-using and re-purposing a graduation gown
You can re-purpose a graduation gown to protect your clothes!

Now, instead of just hanging in the closet, it has a very useful purpose! I found that I could fit several garments inside the gown, and I loved the fact that it was long enough to protect all of my clothing. Since the grad gown zips in the front, it is easy to put around clothes. (Much easier than trying to fit other garment protection bags over the tops of the hangers!)

When my youngest son graduated in 2010, I had another purple graduation gown to use in my closet, instead of just hanging it! I use it to protect some of my husband’s suits and jackets.

Graduation gowns can also be used to protect clothing when moving or traveling! (Just make sure your grad brings it back so you can use it!)

I still haven’t figured out a way to re-purpose their graduation caps! If anyone has ideas, I would love hear about it!

Congratulations to all the Graduates!

~ Vickie ~

girl in graduation cap & gown


9 thoughts on “What Can You Do with a Graduation Gown?

  1. gentlestitches

    Great idea! I will pass it it on to my friends and family as well. Loved the “no sewing or cutting needed”. 😀

  2. Terrific, Vickie! We have at least one, and possibly more graduation gowns here, complete with mortar boards. Instead of protecting the gown, why not have the gown protect other clothing? Brilliant!

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