The caps, gowns, and hoods worn at college and university functions date back to the Middle Ages.
Faculty and Administration
The gown for the doctorate has broad velvet panels down the front and three velvet bars on the large, bell-like sleeves; the gown is usually black but when the degree is awarded by certain schools the color of that institution is reflected in the gown. The gown for the master's degree has short sleeves. Caps may be of the mortar board style or of velvet; a gold tassel indicates a doctor's degree. The hood gives color and distinction to the academic costume. The hood -- a black shell-like affair of varying size for the three degrees and material to match the gown -- is silk-lined stressing the colors of the institution conferring the degree. The hood is then bordered with velvet of the color signifying the respective fields of learning.
The colors indicative of the various fields of learning are as follows:
|Anthropology - Dark Blue
Arts - White
Business Administration - Light Brown
Communication - Crimson
Counseling & Guidance - Light Blue
Dramatic Arts - Brown
Economics - Copper
Education - Light Blue
Engineering - Orange
English - White
Fine Arts - Brown
Government - Peacock Blue
History - White
||Humanities - White
Literature - White
Library Science - Lemon
Mathematics - Gold
Music - Pink
Philosophy - Dark Blue
Physical Education - Sage Green
Political Science - Dark Blue
Psychology - Gold
Science - Gold
Sociology - White
Theology - Scarlet
It is important to note that the field of learning having prior mention
in the conferment of the degree, and not the department governing the
major work, determines the color that is proper for the velvet of the
hood. The doctor of philosophy degree requires blue velvet irrespective
of the major field. If more than one degree is held, the gown and hood
of the highest degree are worn.
Eckerd College Students
Academic regalia for students will include a black baccalaureate gown, a mortar board with a colored tassel reflective of the student's home collegium, and a baccalaureate hood.
The hood for the baccalaureate degree is of a size specified by the American Council on Education. It is lined with the chevron of Eckerd College, that is with white, black, and red satin and it is trimmed with velvet the color of which is reflective of the degree conferred. The hood for the Bachelor of Arts degree is trimmed in white velvet while the hood for the Bachelor of Science degree is trimmed in gold velvet. It is important to note that the color of the velvet trimming of a hood is determined by the degree conferred, rather than by the students major. Hence, the bachelor of arts degree is trimmed in white irrespective of the student's major field.
Students: If you have not yet ordered your commencement regalia, please contact the bookstore.