Graduation Gown Differences by Degree Level
Cap Gown - Gown Differences Sketch
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ASSOCIATE DEGREES

  • Gown: May be black or gray by school selection and worn closed in the front.
  • Cap: May or may not wear a mortarboard cap with tassel.
  • Hood: Academic hoods may or may not be worn to symbolize the school attended as well as the degree and subject of their earned degree.

BACHELOR DEGREES

  • Gown: Traditionally black with pointed sleeves and worn closed in the front.
  • Cap: Standard mortarboard cap with tassel. Tassel color may be black, school appropriate colors or symbolizing area of study.
  • Hood: Academic hoods may or may not be worn to symbolize the school attended as well as the degree and subject of their earned degree.

MASTER DEGREES

  • Gown: Features oblong sleeves which are arched at the wrist and have a square cut at the bottom. The front of the gown is designed with fasteners and can be worn open or closed.
  • Cap: Standard mortarboard cap with tassel. Tassel color may be black, school appropriate colors or symbolizing area of study.
  • Hood: Academic hoods may or may not be worn to symbolize the school attended as well as the degree and subject of earned degree.

DOCTORAL DEGREES

  • Gown: Features velvet panels and sleeve chevrons. Some institutions may designate degree and/or specialty through variances in velvet trim color.
  • Cap: A mortarboard or soft tam. Option is generally designated by a school during a graduation ceremony.
  • Hood: Academic hoods may or may not be worn to symbolize the school attended as well as the degree and subject of earned degree.