College Commencement is arguably the most important day of the academic calendar. Graduates dress up in caps and gowns, while faculty wears graduation regalia that signifies their academic standing.
When the faculty looks their best and wears the correct regalia properly, it adds prestige to the entire commencement ceremony. In this guide, we’ve outlined the faculty academic regalia for different degree levels including Trustee, Marshall, and Presidential regalia.
Typically, the Master’s hood is 3 ½ feet long, with a 3″ colored velvet trim. The hood should open up below the shoulders, so that you can see the colored lining. Meanwhile, the Master’s gown has an oblong-shaped sleeve that opens at the wrist.
The Doctor’s hood is 4 feet long, with a 5″ colored velvet trim. The hood lies flat on the wearer’s back, but the satin lining is exposed. Meanwhile, the Doctor’s gown includes 3 velvet bars on each bell-shaped sleeve, as well as vertical piping that runs down both sides of the gown opening. Doctorates wear a soft velvet tam with 4, 6, or 8 corners, but each university has its own regalia dress code.
University trustees handle everything from overseeing the budget to reviewing current academic programs. Meanwhile, the Marshal directs the commencement ceremony and reports directly to the President. Usually, schools give custom faculty graduation regalia to these members. These gowns typically include custom colors and embroidered seals on the front panels. Meanwhile, the tam can be worn in crimson or Oxford blue, with a gold bullion tassel.
Finally, the President makes the biggest strategic decisions that guide a university’s future. The most ornate faculty academic regalia is reserved for the President. These gowns include a colored gown with embroidered seals on the front panels and 3 or 4 chevrons on each sleeve. The President also wears a premium doctorate gown and the most distinctive tam, a gold bullion tassel.