Decide that you wish to attend a commencement ceremony. If you are participating in a commencement ceremony, you will likely be required to buy or rent the relevant academic regalia. However, if you do not wish to attend a graduation ceremony, you do not need to purchase academic regalia in order to receive your degree. There are positives and negatives to attending a commencement ceremony.
- Positives include being able to participate in parties, ceremonies, and events; being in the presence of family and friends; having a ceremonial marker of your accomplishment; participating in a centuries-old tradition; and being able to take official graduation photos.
- Negatives include having to pay anywhere between $50-$1000 to either rent or purchase academic regalia, a garment you will likely never wear again. Some graduating students might also have to travel long distances to return to their university for a commencement ceremony, which can add to the total cost. Students who do not like crowds or large public events might prefer to skip official commencement exercises as well.
Figure out whether to purchase or rent academic regalia. Most universities will give you the option of either purchasing academic regalia (that you will be able to keep forever) or renting academic regalia (that you will have to return by a designated deadline). For most people, renting academic regalia is more cost-effective. However, if you are planning on becoming a professor, you might be expected to wear regalia as a faculty member at future events. In that case, purchasing your own regalia might be more efficient.
Consult your university policies about regalia. Many universities have a specific provider of academic regalia and will not permit you to purchase regalia elsewhere. Other universities will allow you to buy or rent regalia from any provider you choose, or perhaps borrow regalia from an alumna. Always adhere to your specific school’s regalia requirements to ensure that you are allowed to participate fully in commencement exercises.
- Note that many universities have specific colors of academic regalia that you are required to get. Many American universities have, however, standardized academic hood types across universities. Many European universities still have unique kinds of hood. This is another reason why it is essential that you do your research before renting or purchasing any piece of academic regalia.
Know the parts of an academic hood. An academic hood has three distinct components: the shell, the lining, and the velvet trim. In general, the shell of the hood matches the academic robes; the lining shows off your institution’s colors; and the velvet trim indicates the field in which you are receiving your degree.
Tell your regalia provider what level of degree you are earning. Different types of degree lead to different shapes and sizes of academic hoods. To make sure that you acquire the correct kind of hood, tell your regalia provider whether you are earning an Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or Doctoral degree.
- An Associate’s degree hood is usually worn flat against the back like a cape or cowl. Note that Associate’s hoods are not as commonly worn as graduate degree hoods–you might not need a hood to be a part of your regalia..
- A Bachelor’s degree hood is 3 feet long and does not end in a sharp point. Note that Bachelor’s hoods are not as commonly worn as graduate degree hoods–you might not need a hood to be a part of your regalia.
- A Master’s degree hood is 3.5 feet long and comes to a point at the bottom.
- A Doctoral hood is the longest hood at 4 feet long. It has the sharpest point and also the largest trim of all hoods.
Tell your regalia provider where you are getting your degree from. While many academic hoods are primarily black, hoods do have certain components that may show off the colors of the university in the lining. It is possible that you will have to purchase a hood that will match the color of your academic robes. Make sure that your regalia provider has all relevant institutional information so that you match appropriately.
Tell your regalia provider what field your degree is in, especially for graduate degrees. American universities have a standard set of colors that indicate your field of study. These will affect the color of the velvet trim that lines your hood. European universities are not standardized in the same way as American universities. Check with your institution to make sure you are purchasing the correct academic hood. If your university adheres to the standardized rules of regalia, you will have an academic hood with the following colors:
- Arts: White
- Business administration: Drab
- Communication: Maroon
- Education: Light blue
- Fine arts: Brown
- Law: Purple
- Medicine: Green
- Music: Pink
- Nursing: Apricot
- Philosophy: Royal Blue
- Science: Yellow gold
- Social work: Citrus
- Theology: Scarlet
- Note that all Ph.D. students will wear a hood trimmed in the Philosophy Royal Blue color, even if philosophy was not your field of study. For example, a Ph.D. student in Biology will wear the royal blue hood, whereas an M.D. student would wear a hood trimmed in green.
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