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Academic Regalia

We have the basic doctoral gown –the black gown with black velvet or PhD blue velvet in stock and ready to go. We can also custom make doctoral gowns with choice of a different velvet (other than black or PhD blue), or with a different fabric color (other than black) or with gold piping added to front velvet and to velvet bars on sleeves.

custom regalia

Custom Your Doctoral Regalia

Custom Option:
-Gown color, velvet color, piping color
-Your embroidery emblem

deluxe doctoral gowns

In-stock Deluxe Doctoral Regalia

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-Full fluting back and bell cuff sleeve
-Full length wide velvet pleats

classic doctoral gowns

In-stock Classic Doctoral regalia

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-Full fluting acorss back, open sleeve
-Most valuable package
    deluxe master eco master master hood
    Deluxe Master Regalia
    Economy Master Regalia
    Master Hood
    classic bachelor eco master master hood

    Classic Bachelor Regalia

    Economy Bachelor Regalia

    Bachelor Hood

    academic regalia

    The colorful regalia worn by academicians is steeped in tradition, dating back to the ecclesiastical garb of the Middle Ages. Adaptations from ecclesiastical to academic dress began in early European universities, which were founded by the church. University faculty and students wore the adapted robes for distinction and warmth. The University of Cambridge is cited as the first to use the academic gown.

    Representatives of American universities met in the early 1890s and agreed upon a standard style of academic attire. The Intercollegiate Code revised in 1932 and again in 1959, is followed today by American colleges and universities, except for a few schools, which continue to use the styles of England.

    Gowns are traditionally black; however, some universities have authorized use of a color symbolic of the institution. Bachelor’s gowns have pointed sleeves and are designed to be worn closed. Master’s and Specialist gowns have long, closed sleeves with an arc near the bottom and an opening for the arm. Doctoral gowns are faced with wide velvet panels and have bell-shaped sleeves with three horizontal velvet bars.

    Caps, originally round, are typically square mortarboards. Some universities have adopted a doctor’s cap, which traditionally has a gold tassel, with a soft crown instead of the mortarboard.

    Hoods, which originally were attached to the gown and could be slipped over the head for warmth, are the most colorful articles of specialist, master’s and doctor’s clothing. The color of the lining of the hood represents the university awarding the degree. The color of the facing of the hood reflects the academic discipline of the wearer’s highest degree.

    At Western, the colors awarded for doctoral and graduate degrees are: light blue, education doctorate, education specialist, and master of science in education; gold, specialist in school psychology and master of science; sapphire blue, master of accountancy and master of business administration; white, master of arts; white and gold, master of liberal arts and sciences; pink, master of music; and brown, master of fine arts.

    Colors which may be seen among the marching faculty and their corresponding fields of study include: brown (fine arts), crimson (journalism), dark blue (philosophy), golden yellow (science), lemon yellow (library science), light blue (education), yellow brown (commerce, business, accountancy), pink (music), purple (law), sage green (physical education), scarlet (theology), and white (arts, letters, humanities).