Graduation Announcements, Caps and Gowns, and More
Ordering caps and gowns is easy through your custom graduation website. Also available for purchase are graduation announcements, rings and diploma frames.
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Appropriate Attire for Graduates
Appropriate attire for men includes a dress shirt with a tie and dark shoes. Women should wear clothes that won't show above the collar or below the hem of the gown and dark shoes. When selecting clothing for graduation, dark colors and neutral patterns will look the best.
At many formal college events, faculty can be seen wearing traditional robes, hoods, caps and sometimes cords known as academic dress or regalia. This tradition dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities emerged from religious orders. Similar to the robes of the clergy, academic dress was the customary, daily dress of both students and faculty. It was functional in providing warmth and designating someone as a member of the academy.
Steeped in tradition, academic dress code follows detailed guidelines for fabrics, patterns, colors, trimming and length of the gown and its accompanying garments, based on the degree of its wearer. More advanced degrees dictate more elaborate regalia, made of finer fabrics with longer and broader hoods and gold tassels.
The standard color for bachelor and master degree gowns is black, while doctorate degree robes may be black or another color designated by the college that granted the degree. Officials and dignitaries at institutions may also wear gowns of varying colors and designs. Fabrics vary from light weight to heavier velvets, reserved for doctorate degree robes.
Hoods worn with the gown are black, using the same fabric as the gown, and lined in velvet or velveteen with the colors of the institution granting the degree, then trimmed with the colors of the specific discipline. Below is a list of colors associated with various disciplines:
|Arts, Letters, Humanities||White|
|Commerce, Accountancy, Business||Drab|
|Fine Arts, including Architecture||Brown|
|Oratory (Speech)||Silver Gray|
|Physical Education||Sage Green|
|Public Administration, including Foreign Service||Peacock Blue|
|Public Health||Salmon Pink|
Hoods were originally worn as a covering for the head until the function was handed to the cap. The cap is most often a mortarboard matched to the gown and includes a tassel in either black or a discipline/school color. Tassels worn with doctorate degree gowns may be gold. There is no hard rule for the position of the tassel, however, many colleges and universities have incorporated the tassel as a symbolic rite of passage into the academic community by having students move the tassel from right to left upon graduation.
For more information on academic dress and traditions, visit the American Council on Education.
Graduating seniors may wear regalia recognizing their membership in the College’s honor organizations, many of which were chartered during the last 18 months. These societies are listed below with the colors of their regalia, which may be worn in the form of a cord or a stole (sash) with or without a medallion. Students wearing this regalia were inducted into these national and international organizations by meeting specified GPAs as well as other requirements. Georgia Gwinnett College congratulates them on earning these prestigious distinctions.
|Organization and related major(s)||Regalia colors|
|Alpha Phi Sigma – Criminal Justice||Gold and blue|
|Beta Beta Beta – Biology||Forest green and red|
|Golden Key – Interdisciplinary||Blue and gold|
|Kappa Delta Pi – Education||Purple and jade green|
|Kappa Mu Epsilon – Mathematics||Rose pink and silver|
|Kappa Omicron Nu – Exercise Science||Burgundy and gold|
|National Society of Leadership Success||Red and black|
|Omicron Delta Epsilon – Economics||Blue and gold|
|Phi Alpha Theta – History||Red and light blue|
|Pi Sigma Alpha – Political Science||Red, white and black|
|Psi Chi – Psychology||Platinum and dark blue|
|Sigma Beta Delta – Business||Hunter green and gold|
|Sigma Iota Rho – International Relations||Black, blue and red|
|Sigma Tau Delta – English||Cardinal and black|
|Upsilon Pi Epsilon – Computing and Information||Maroon and white|