Master's degree students process during Graduate School Commencement Ceremonies

The hoods for the Doctor of Philosophy will be edged with dark blue. Doctoral gowns are faced with black velvet with three bars across the sleeves. Tassels for doctoral students are gold.

The colors for the edging of hoods for master's students are determined by the college and discipline granting the degree, as listed in the table below. The tassels of caps for Master's students are black.

 

Academic Regalia Colors by College

College Discipline Color
Agriculture & Life Sciences  

 

All Disciplines with 1 Exception Maize (Pale Yellow)

 

Biochemistry Bright Gold (Golden Yellow)
Architecture & Urban Studies  

 

All Disciplines with 2 Exceptions Blue Violet

 

Environmental Design & Planning (Ph.D.) Ph.D. Blue

 

Public Administration Peacock Blue
Pamplin College of Business  

 

All Disciplines Drab (Yellow-Brown)
Engineering    

 

All Disciplines Orange
Interdisciplinary Degrees    

 

All Disciplines White
Liberal Arts & Human Sciences  

 

Apparel, Housing & Resource Management Maroon

 

Communication Crimson

 

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Light Blue

 

English

White

 

Foreign Language & Literatures

White

 

History

White

 

Human Development

Maroon

 

Interdisciplinary Studies

White

 

International Studies White

 

Music Pink

 

Philosophy Ph.D. Blue

 

Political Science

White

 

School of Education Light Blue

 

School of the Arts

White

 

Science & Technology in Society

White

 

Sociology

White

 

Teaching & Learning Light Blue

 

Theatre Arts

White

 

Natural Resources

 

 

 

All Disciplines

Russet (Rust)

 

Science

 

   

 

All Disciplines with 1 Exception Bright Gold (Golden Yellow)

 

Economics

Copper

 

Veterinary Medicine

 

 

 

VM

Gray

 

PhD Gold Tassel / Blue Hood

 

MS Black Tassel / Yellow Hood
  MPH Salmon Pink

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