I graduated quiet recently. During the ceremony, we have to go on stage and the dean shake hands with all students before awarding the degree. My question is, if we are not able to avoid shaking hands directly, can we wear gloves and do so. Is it permissible? What is your suggestion in this regard? The dean is around 50 years of age.
May Allah reward you with goodness.
It’s not allowed to shake hands with the opposite gender. Prophet Muhammad’s hand, may Allah exalt his mention and grant him safety, never touched a woman, not when giving the pledge of allegiance nor behind a screen.