Tassel Colors for Academic Dress

Note: CHECK WITH YOUR SCHOOL TO CONFIRM THE PROPER COLOR.  ABOVE IS GENERAL STANDARDS BUT IS NOT NECESSARILY CORRECT.  CHECK WITH YOUR SCHOOL FOR THE PROPER COLOR.

In the US, academic dress is rarely worn outside commencement ceremonies. In many American schools, the color of the hood represents the school or department that the wearer is graduating from. A number of other items, cords or sashes, may be also seen worn, representing various academic achievements.

The tassel worn on the mortarboard may indicate the university's colors, or the colors of the specific college or discipline from which the student is graduating. There is in some universities a practice of moving the tassel from one side to the other on graduating, but this is a modern innovation which would be impractical out of doors due to the vagaries of the wind. However, this mark of transition to graduate status has the benefit of taking less time than more traditional indicators such as the conferring of the hood (which is done at some Scottish universities), or a complete change of dress partway through the ceremony (as at Oxford).

Inter-Collegiate colors

The colors allocated to the various academic disciplines have been largely standardized, and are:

  • Agriculture - Maize
  • Arts, Letters, Humanities - White
  • Business - Tan
  • Commerce, Accountancy, Business - Drab
  • Dentistry - Lilac
  • Economics - Copper
  • Education - Light Blue
  • Engineering - Orange
  • Fine Arts - Brown
  • Forestry - Russet
  • Journalism - Crimson
  • Law - Purple
  • Library Science - Lemon
  • Medicine - Green
  • Music - Pink
  • Nursing - Apricot
  • Oratory (Speech) - Silver Gray
  • Pharmacy - Olive Green
  • Philosophy - Dark Blue
  • Physical Education - Sage Green
  • Public Administration - Peacock Blue
  • Public Health - Salmon Pink
  • Science - Golden Yellow
  • Social Work - Citron
  • Theology - Scarlet
  • Veterinary Science - Gray
The above information is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_dress ).  8/5/05

Note: CHECK WITH YOUR SCHOOL TO CONFIRM THE PROPER COLOR.  ABOVE IS GENERAL STANDARDS BUT IS NOT NECESSARILY CORRECT.  CHECK WITH YOUR SCHOOL FOR THE PROPER COLOR.

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