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.
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 – peacock blue
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.
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) – peacock blue
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).
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