Left: PhD hood on deluxe doctoral gown (with black velvet).
Right: PhD hood on deluxe PhD gown (with PhD blue velvet).
Following a custom established in the 14th century, modern-day scholars display their academic achievements by wearing academic graduation hoods on their commencements together with their academic gowns and caps.
All of our university regalia strictly complies with the guidelines set forth by the Committee on Academic Customs and Ceremonies, appointed in 1959 by the American Council on Education.
An academic hood is comprised of a fabric shell (usually black), "degree velvet" and "school lining".
The velvet of the hood represents your degree. For a Ph.D., the degree velvet is rich royal blue, or PhD blue.
For other doctorates (non PhD) or degrees, the hood velvet colors are listed below:
Arts / Letters / Humanities - academic hood velvet: White
Business / Accountancy / Commerce - academic hood velvet: Drab
Communications / Journalism - academic hood velvet: Crimson
Dentistry - academic hood velvet: Lilac
Economics - academic hood velvet: Copper
Education - academic hood velvet: Light Blue
Engineering - academic hood velvet: Orange
Fine Arts (including Architecture) - Brown
Forestry - academic hood velvet: Russet
Journalism - Communications / academic hood velvet: Crimson
Law - academic hood velvet: Purple
Library Science - academic hood velvet: Lemon Yellow
Medicine - academic hood velvet: Hunter Green
Music - academic hood velvet: Pink
Nursing - academic hood velvet: Apricot
Oratory (Speech) - academic hood velvet: Silver - Gray
Pharmacy - academic hood velvet: Olive Green
Philosophy - academic hood velvet: PhD Rich Royal Blue
Physical Education - academic hood velvet: Sage Green
Public Administration (includes Foreign Service) - academic hood velvet: Peacock Blue
Public Health - academic hood velvet: Salmon Pink
Science - academic hood velvet: Bright Gold
Social Work - academic hood velvet: Citron
Theology (including Divinity, Ministry, Religion) - academic hood velvet: Scarlet
Veterinary Science - academic hood velvet: Gray
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Customized deluxe J.D. doctoral hood with doctoral gown.
Purple velvet on both gown and hood to represent Law.
Bright gold piping added to both gown and hood.
In addition to the degree colors, each school generally has its own colors. These "school colors" are represented by the colors of the satin lining in the back of the hood.
As we have THOUSANDS of schools in our data base, we cannot list them all here. Instead, when ordering, just let us know which school you graduated from, and we will look up the colors for you.
Deluxe MBA Master's hood with Faculty Master's gown.
Navy & White lining. No additional piping added.
As each hood is custom-made according to your school colors, degree colors, and type of degree (BA, MA, or PhD), we ask that you give us about +/- 8 weeks to process your order, especially during the graduation season. What if you don't have that much time to wait? No problem -- ask us about our free loaner hood program!
Deluxe quality PhD hoods / Doctoral hoods
Notwithstanding the discipline velvet colors listed on the top paragraph, the correct velvet color for all PhD hoods is dark blue, representing the mastery of the discipline of scholarship attested to by the awarding of the Ph.D.
On the other hand, the correct velvet color for all non-PhD doctorate holders (as well as masters and bachelors) would be that of their particular field.
That means that while a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) would receive light blue velvet, but a PhD in English would receive the dark blue velvet. Similarly
a non-PhD Doctor of Science would receive Gold velvet, but a PhD in Science would receive the dark Blue Velvet.
a non-PhD Doctor of Engineering would receive Orange Velvet, but a PhD in Engineering would each receive the dark blue velvet.
To avoid confusion, it is very important therefore for all doctors ordering hoods to clearly specify whether they are a PhD (and would be receiving the dark blue velvet regardless of their field) or a Doctor of …
For that reason, we offer the option of added piping on our PhD gowns and hoods, for example light blue piping for a PhD in education; scarlet piping for a PhD in theology, etc., such that PhD's in fields other than philosophy can "show their discipline" at the same time that they show their PhD.
Generic gold piping is also an option for doctors wanting to "dress up" their gown and/or hood.
Deluxe Ed.D. doctoral hood with doctoral gown.
Light blue piping added to both gown and hood.
Piping is often added to customized doctoral hoods to match Doctoral Gowns with piping.
Deluxe doctoral gown and Ed.D. doctoral hood.
Gold piping added to both gown and hood.
Deluxe Customized PhD gown and PhD hood.
Light blue piping added to both gown and hood
to represent PhD in Education.
The price for deluxe hoods with piping is $145.00
The price for deluxe hoods without piping is $130.00
The price for souvenir - student hoods (no piping) is $80.00
Deluxe PhD hood shown above, with gold piping added.
Royal & Gold lining.
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