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12 Graduation Dresses That Aren’t White To Wear On Your Big Day

Graduation is approaching at full speed, and seniors are getting ready to deal with one all-time question: What am I going to wear to the ceremony? Whether you’re graduating from high school or college, graduation is a big deal, and an event you’re going to remember for a long time. It totally makes sense why you might be stressing over what to wear to your graduation ceremony. Don’t worry! You still have time to browse and scroll for your dream dress. White dresses are very popular during graduation season, as the color white symbolizes new beginnings and positivity. It’s a very fitting color — especially if you’re completing a milestone such as graduating from college. 

Wearing a white dress to your ceremony is definitely not a prerequisite for walking across the stage to get your diploma. It doesn’t feel like that, though, when you search up “what to wear to graduation” online, and the first five dresses that come up are white or white with floral accents. You think I’m kidding? Search up “graduation dress ideas” and see for yourself. As a college junior, I still have time to think about what I want to wear, but I’m excited to help my senior besties figure out what they’re going to wear for their ceremonies. Here are 12 gorgeous graduation dresses that aren’t white.

Lulus All Eyes on Me Navy Blue Satin Cutout Bodycon Mini Dress ($59)

This rich, navy blue satin dress is giving class valedictorian stepping up to the podium to give their speech.

Princess Polly Kesy Bow Tie Mini Dress Blue/Champagne ($70)

Alice from Alice in Wonderland would graduate in this dress. The champagne bow on this shiny, baby blue dress creates the perfect balance of fun and elegance.

ASTR The Label Athena Floral Ruched Long Sleeve Midi Dress ($79)

If you’re looking for a dress that will hug you in all the right places, this one — with ruching along the sides — is it. 

American Eagle Cut-Out Knit Mini Dress ($40)

You can never go wrong with a classic black mini dress. 

LA Hearts Strapless Linen Mini Dress ($30)

Embrace spring with beautiful pastel colors, like this stunning, sage green tube dress. 

Motel Zhao Bandeau Mini Dress ($65) 

Show up to your graduation ceremony looking like a Y2K dream in this sleeveless raspberry dress. 

Lulus Born This Way Red Sleeveless Bodycon Mini Dress ($60)

Step up on that stage in a bold, red mini dress. 

Urban Revivo Ruched Bodice Midi Dress ($33) 

This dazzling yellow midi dress will make you stand out from the crowd. 

Princess Polly Donelli Mini Dress ($60)

This dress can double as a graduation dress and an Eras Tour outfit. 

ASOS Tie Front Tiered Sundress ($65)

This tiered sundress’ flowy fabric  will have you feeling like royalty walking around on your special day.

Motel Evilia Mini Dress Botanist Flocking ($65)

This light blue mini dress is giving cool girl energy. 

Princess Polly Katina Mini Dress ($53)

Environmental science majors, please rise for this gorgeous green dress. 

Wila Mae was a Style Intern at Her Campus for the Spring 2023 semester. She's a passionate storyteller and loves creating short-form video content highlighting secondhand shopping and Bay Area small businesses on her socials. Keep up with Wila Mae and her work @wilamae.navarro on Instagram and @wilamae2 on TikTok.