Attire Information

Academic Dress evolved from caps and gowns worn in the medieval universities. The academic gown is the basic garment of attire, and by tradition it is black for all degrees and ranks. The square cap or mortarboards are a prescribed part of academic dress and are all distinctive. Accompanying the gowns are hoods which are lined with silk in the official colors or color of the institution conferring the degree and which are bordered in the color representing the discipline of learning. The disciplines and respective colors are:

Degree Specialization

Color

Agriculture

Maize

Arts, Letters, Humanities

White

Commerce, Accountancy, Business

Drab

Dentistry

Lilac

Economics

Copper

Education

Light Blue

Engineering

Orange

Fine Arts, including Architecture

Brown

Forestry

Russet

Journalism

Crimson

Law

Purple

Library Science

Lemon

Medicine

Green

Music

Pink

Nursing

Apricot

Optometry

Sea Foam Green

Oratory

Silver Gray

Pharmacy

Olive Green

Philosophy

Dark Blue

Physical Education

Sage Green

Podiatry-Chiropody

Nile Green

Public Administration, including Foreign Service

Peacock Blue

Public Health

Salmon Pink

Science

Golden Yellow

Social Science

Cream

Social Work

Citron

Theology

Scarlet

Veterinary

Science Gray