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2021 Commencement

The Meaning of Regalia Colors

You will see President Finley and members of our faculty dressed in their academic regalia. The colors on the hoods represent information about the wearer’s academic background. The type of degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral) is indicated by the width of the velvet edging. The length of the colors of lining denotes the school from which the degree was conferred. The color of the velvet edging denotes the field of learning. 

The following is a list of colors established by the Intercollegiate Code to represent the departments of learning. The Intercollegiate Code of 1895 set the standards for academic dress in the United States. With the exception of revisions in 1932 and 1959, the code has been unchanged since its inception.

Maize - Agriculture

White - Arts, Letters and Humanities

Drab - Business Administration

Lilac - Dentistry

Copper - Economics

Light Blue - Education

Orange - Engineering

Brown - Fine Arts, Including Architecture

Russet - Forestry

Maroon - Home Economics

Crimson - Journalism

Purple - Law

Lemon - Library Science

Green - Medicine

Pink - Music

Apricot - Nursing

Silver Gray - Oratory

Olive Green - Pharmacy

Dark Blue - Philosophy

Sage Green - Physical Education

Peacock Blue - Public Administration

Salmon Pink - Public Health

Gold Yellow - Science

Citron - Social Science

Scarlet - Theology or Divinity

Gray - Veterinary Science