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 CandidateGraduate with Gold Hood

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 Commencement.

Hood Color for Master Degree Candidates

Master Degree  Hood Color 
Master of Business Administration  Drab
Master of Accountancy  Drab
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

Baccalaureate CandidateGraduate with White Tassel

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 Bachelor, Certificate, and Associate

Major  Tassel Color 

College of Business

All College of Business majors


College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science (not CIS), General Physical Science, Mathematics, Physics, Secondary Teaching for the disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Gold Yellow 

Engineering (not Technology)   Orange 

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Communication, English, Foreign Languages, History, Human Development & Family Services, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Secondary Teaching for the disciplines: English, Foreign Languages, Social Studies


College of Education

Elementary Education only.  Secondary Teaching should wear the tassel color corresponding to the major subject area. 

Light Blue

College of Nursing


College of Technology 

Computer Information Technology, Computer Graphics Technology, Construction Management and Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering Technology, Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS).


Associate Candidate and Certificate Candidate

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