What do all those different colors and gowns mean?


The custom of wearing academic gowns, hoods, and caps dates back to about the 12th century, when most scholars belonged to a religious order.

Long gowns and hoods were standard dress for medieval clergy, who often studied and taught in cold buildings. The style and coloring of the robe, hood, and, sometimes, skull cap denoted an edu­cated individual. From the end of the 16th century to the present, members of the clergy, law profes­sionals, and academics have worn robes.

Sometime in the 14th century, English univer­sities began to use the dress to distinguish levels of education. Modeled on the English system, the American Academic Costume Code was estab­lished in 1895 by a commission of delegates from the Ivy League and New York universities.

The Costume Code calls for three types of gowns: doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s. The doc­toral gown is the most elaborate, with front-facing velvet and three velvet bars on each of the full, bil­lowing sleeves. The velvet can be black, PhD blue, or the academic color to which the degree corre­sponds. The master’s gown is distinctive for its ex­tremely long, closed sleeves, the arms protruding through a slit at the elbow. The bachelor’s gown is the simplest of the three, a plain gown with long, pointed sleeves.

Doctoral and master’s degrees are also indicat­ed by a hood, distinctive in shape, size, and color. The doctor’s hood is easily recognizable, with wide velvet edging that indicates the degree earned and full exposure of the lining. The master’s hood is the same length as the doctor’s hood but does not fully expose the lining, and the velvet edging is not as wide. For both hoods, the lining indicates the col­ors of the institution conferring the degree.

Mortarboards, the distinctive four-pointed caps, are worn by academics at all levels. In recent years, doctors have taken to wearing a soft velvet tam instead.

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Diploma Frame Styles

We offer a wide selection of options including tassel diploma frames, campus scene diploma frames, and a variety of medallion frame styles to showcase the institution’s name, seal, or logo.

Our college diploma frames and university diploma frames feature high-quality frame moulding, clear picture frame glass, and museum-quality matting, backing, and mounting materials. Find your college or university diploma frame by searching for your school, browsing an alphabetical list of schools, or browsing a list of schools by state. Also, you can design your own custom document frame for a diploma or certificate.

Presidential Edition Diploma Frames

Our most upscale option features archival linen or suede matting enhanced with a gold or silver wood fillet, coordinating engraved or Masterpiece medallion, and framed in our generous profile Premier, Madison, or Jefferson moulding.

Masterpiece Medallion Edition Diploma Frames

Features a custom die-struck brass or pewter medallion with color enamel accents set into double museum-quality matting.

Regal Edition Diploma Frames

Features luxurious single suede mat with color-enameled Masterpiece medallion of the school seal.

Showcase Edition Diploma Frames

Offers a unique bevel-cut double mat in the school colors with a color-enameled Masterpiece medallion of the school seal. And so on.

If you want more styles about our diploma frame, please visit our webside.

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College Graduation Caps, Gowns, & Tassels

After sixteen years (or more!) of schooling students find themselves ready for their college graduation. This distinguished event isn’t only for graduates but their families and loved ones as well. It should be special and memorable but not because you spent too much on a graduation cap and gown.

For most, parents paid for their high school graduation robes. In college, it’s a different story. Young adults mature. Along with maturely comes the ability to make educated and responsible decisions such as not paying too much for your graduation attire. We help by offering quality low cost graduation caps and gowns at an affordable price. With a variety of colors and sizes to fit all, we have what you need.

Institutions usually mandate the graduation cap, gown, and tassel colors to be worn. We thank you for letting us be your graduation source for caps, gowns, tassels, and honor cords.

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Graduation Tassels

Tassels for graduation from Honors Graduation are the perfect fit for your graduate or graduating class. We offer a variety of colors and color combinations, with custom tassels available when ordered in bulk or in advance. And now the tassel, cord, or sash your graduate needs comes at the right price.

Graduation tassels are usually worn on a graduation cap during a high-school or university commencement ceremony. Each graduation tassel also can include a small metallic graduation year charm indicating the year, including options for past years.

School Administrators and Special Considerations

Do your upcoming graduates need graduation tassels for an upcoming graduation ceremony or as memorabilia or souvenirs?

Additional tassel colors (other than what is listed on our website) can be arranged for bulk or recurring orders of 100 or more or for extended purchase contracts in cases where enough advance notice is provided.

We offer graduation tassels designed both to be worn with a cap and gown as well as commemorative tassels perfect for hanging from rearview mirrors. Graduation tassels are available in bulk or as single purchases by individual students.

Graduation cap tassels, graduation sashes, graduation cords and honor cords are available from Honors Graduation in a variety of color combinations. If you are looking for a particular color, style, or material that you don’t see listed on our website, just ask!

Although some discrepancy exists about which side of the cap the tassel should be worn on, generally undergraduates wear tassels on the left and post-graduate students wear tassels on the right. Occasionally students will switch the tassel from one side of the cap to the other after receiving their diploma, and sometimes students graduating on the honor roll or with latin honors (“cum laude”) will have a unique tassel color to mark their achievements.

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Design Your Own Graduation Stoles & Sashes

Are you looking for a way to make graduation meaningful and personal? Whether you yourself are taking this important step in life, or you have a loved one graduating, contact Create a Stole. Our custom graduation stoles will give you the perfect way to commemorate the event.

Recognize Achievements

Graduation signifies a very personal achievement that deserves some form of recognition. While the ceremony itself helps everyone consider graduation’s importance, there’s still more you can do to make the day special.

At Create a Stole, we help you celebrate the occasion by creating custom-made graduation stoles of the highest quality. We allow you to choose from a variety of lengths, colors, and lettering. Once you’ve designed a stole for yourself or for someone you care about, we’ll create it and send it along with free shipping.

Many will graduate with you, but not everyone had the exact same experience you did. A personalized stole can show your specific and unique achievements—whether it be membership in a club or any other distinction.

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Why You’re Going to Love Mondonco Clergy Shirts

Our men’s clergy shirts are all tailored in easy care broadcloth, allowing you to get the look you want in a comfortable fit and look great all day long.

Our clergy shirts are offered in both short sleeve and long sleeve, including a long sleeve version with a finely tailored French cuff detail. Whether you’re looking for a tab collar or a banded collar, we’ve got exactly what you need.

Creating a high quality clergy shirt using exquisite fabric and superior craftsmanship. Our luxurious 65% cotton and 35% polyester fabric will help to keep you cool and comfortable while still making it easy to care for. Top quality dyes and yarns to help maintain color. It all comes together to form a top quality shirt at reasonable price.

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