Academic Attire

All candidates must be in standard academic costume.  You should wear dark shoes (preferably black), and other clothing should be dark wherever visible.  In keeping with the solemnity of this occasion, it is requested that no other adornment be worn. The academic attire for each degree level is explained below.

Master’s Candidate

Academic costume means a black mortarboard cap with black tassel, a hood and a black master’s gown.  The master’s gown has full-length oblong sleeves with an opening at the wrist.  The master’s hood should be attached to your gown and drape down your back. Our staff will be on hand to assist you with the proper placement of your hood. The hood must be an appropriate master’s hood with Purdue colors.  It is important to note that any other hood, or no hood, will disqualify a master’s degree candidate from participation in the Exercises.

Hood Color for Master Degree Candidates

Master of Business Administration – drab

Master of Accountancy – peacock blue

Master of Science, Biological Sciences – gold yellow

Master of Science, Child Dev. & Family – maroon

Master of Arts, Communication – citron

Master of Science in Education – light blue

Master of Arts, English – white

Master of Arts, History – white

Master of Science in Engineering – orange

Master of Science, Mathematics – gold yellow

Master of Science, Nursing – apricot

Master of Science, Technology – red

Associate Candidate and Certificate Candidate
Academic costume means a full-sleeved gray gown and a matching mortarboard cap with colored tassel corresponding to major field of study as indicated below.

Baccalaureate Candidate
Academic costume means a black mortarboard cap with colored tassel corresponding to major field of study as indicated below and a full-sleeved black gown.

Tassel Color for Associate and Bachelor and Certificate

College of Engineering, Mathematics & Science:  

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science (not CIS), Mathematics, Physics – gold yellow

Engineering (not Technology) – orange

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences 

Communication, English, Foreign Languages, History,  Human Development & Family Services, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Studies Teaching, Sociology – white

College of Education:

Elementary Education only – light blue.  All other teaching majors should wear tassel color corresponding to major subject area studied

College of Business (not  OLS) – drab

Hospitality & Tourism (all Options), Nutrition Fitness & Health – gold yellow

College of Nursing – apricot

College of Technology – red

Computer Information Technology (all options), Computer Graphics Technology, Construction Management and Engineering Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Organizational Leadership & Supervision (OLS).