A Guide to Academic Regalia

April 29, 2015

By Laura J. Cole ’04 ’08MLS

You may not know it, but the caps and gowns worn during commencement are full of meaning.

From the color of your gown to the length and shape of your sleeves, every detail tells others where you are in your academic journey (whether bachelor, master, or doctor), where you went to school, what discipline you studied, and what recognitions you received.

Here, we offer a visual map to the academic regalia you’ll see during commencement.

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