Academic Regalia Colors
Your Hood Colors are an
important part of your set of Academic Regalia for graduations includes
a hood, tam, and gown. The hood, through the academic regalia
colors, more than any other item represents your degree or
discipline, along with the school you attended. The velvet edge represents
your university or college discipline, the satin colors your school
and the overall size and shape represent the achievement of your degree.
See the footnote for PhD degrees.*
Academic Hood Colors List
Academic Regalia Colors List
*In derternining your academic regalia colors, please note the following: All PhD degrees (as opposed to Doctorate degrees) use "PhD Blue" in the academic colors, which is dark blue. For example, a Doctorate in Psychology would include in your academic hood colors the color Gold, however a PhD in Psychology would use dark blue. If you are unsure if your degree is a Doctorate or PhD, please contact your administrative advisor to determine your precise degree title and academic regalia hood colors.
Hood Linings (Field and Chevron)
The above list describes only your velvet colors. There are three additional colors that typically go into your hood. They are the shell (usually black, but sometimes the color of your robe if your robe is a special color that your university uses), and the lining colors.
Hoods are lined with the official color or colors of the college or university conferring the degree; more than one color is shown by division of the field color in a variety of ways. Most schools divide the color by using a single chevron. Occassionally, a school might use more than one chevron, no chevron but instead a single field color, an equal division, a reverse chevron, a straight bar, or other methods.
The official "Academic Costume Code and Academic Ceremony Guide" includes a sentence that reads as follows: "The various academic costume companies maintain complete files on the approved colors for various institutions."
Once apon a time long ago, that sentence was correct. However, that was before colleges started springing up across the nation at a rapid rate in the last 50 years or so, and before universities started the practice of changing their hood colors depending on style or taste or the desires of the student body or economics for bulk manufacturing (sometimes even on a yearly basis).
We are the direct manufacturer of academic regalia. This means one good thing and one bad thing (from your perspective).
The good thing is our prices are significantly lower than your degree-granting university would charge to sell them to you, yet the quality is the same or better than what they offer. That's because we are a relatively lean organization, independant, and we do not pay sales representatives, or have retail stores, or have a large advertising and marketing budget.
The bad thing is we cannot keep up with the changes each university makes to their regalia each year, and therefore require that our customers make their own inquiries to their degree-granting universities to discover what the current regalia colors are supposed to be for that school before placing an order..
We suggest you find out in advance of ordering what your school colors are, and which goes in the field and which goes in the chevron of the hood. You might also ask whether they use 6 or 8 sides for their tam, whether they use a tam or a mortarboard for a Master's degree, whether they use the standard black for the gown and hood shell color or if they have a special color, and whether they use an embroidered school emblem or symbol on the gown velvet and what it looks like, and if there is anything special about the regalia not covered by those questions..
Generally the best source for this information is the University book store. Someone at most bookstores has all of this information.
You should know that you have the right to purchase your gown from any manufacturer, and not just the company that has a contract with your university. By getting this information on your own and purchasing your regalia from Academic, you will be saving money, and getting a regalia set that looks at least as good as what your school offers, and often it looks and feels significantly better than the bulk manufactured chinese gowns many colleges are now selling (and will last longer).
While we would really like to help you obtain this information, and hope to some day send out surveys each year to each university asking for this data, it is beyond our abailities to do so right now. If you are willing to do the footwork to find this information out, we know you will get a superb robe, hood, and tam from us, at prices that cannot be beat.