Regalia (Cap and Gown)
*Please review the University’s Adornment Policy as it relates to regalia (cap and gown) during Commencement.
PICK UP – located at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt (upper level)
Wednesday, May 6th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 7th, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
RETURN – located at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt
Friday, May 8th, by 3 p.m.
Bachelors keep or recycle gown, keep tassel and cap for souvenir. Masters keep tassel and cap, return hood and gown. All Doctors return gown, tam with tassel and hood.
Bachelor’s degree candidates wear black mortar boards. With the exception of the bachelor of arts degree, the tassel colors correspond to the degree offered. Traditionally, the bachelor of arts degree tassel color at Vanderbilt is black (not white).
The design of the academic regalia (cap and gown) and the colors worn are significant. The distinguishing mark of the gown is the sleeve:
- Bachelor — long pointed sleeve
- Master — an oblong sleeve open at the wrist
- Doctor — bell-shaped sleeve with three velvet bars
The velvet edging on the doctoral hoods signifies whether the degree is J.D., M.D., Ed.D. or Ph.D. — purple for law, green for medicine, light blue for education and dark blue for the doctor of philosophy, which may be earned in a number of subjects. Vanderbilt doctoral candidates wear eight-sided velvet tams with gold tassels.
Master’s hoods are edged with white for arts, golden yellow for science, peacock blue for public policy, salmon pink for public health, red for theology, light blue for education, orange for engineering, apricot for nursing, and light brown for business. Master’s candidates wear black mortar boards with the appropriate color tassel as listed above.
All hoods are lined in silk, colors signifying the institution granting the degree. Vanderbilt hoods are lined in gold and bear a black chevron.
(Click on the thumbnail images of the apparel to view full size photos)
Degrees Offered and Tassel/Hood Colors
|School||Degree Offered||Degree Abbreviation||Tassel Color||Hood Color||Tam|
|College of Arts & Science||Bachelor of Arts||B.A.||Black|
|Blair School of Music||Bachelor of Music||B.Mus.||Pink|
|Divinity School||Master of Theological Studies||M.T.S.||Red||Red|
|Master of Divinity||M.Div.||Red||Red|
|School of Engineering||Bachelor of Engineering||B.E.||Orange|
|Bachelor of Science||B.S.||Gold|
|Master of Engineering||M.Eng.||Orange||Orange|
|Graduate School||Master of Arts||M.A.||White||White|
|Master of Arts in Teaching||M.A.T.||White||White|
|Master of Fine Arts||M.F.A.||Brown||Brown|
|Master of Liberal Arts and Science||M.L.A.S.||White||White|
|Master of Science||M.S.||Gold||Gold|
|Doctor of Philosophy||Ph.D.||Doctor Gold||Dark Blue||✔|
|Law School||Doctor of Jurisprudence||J.D.||Doctor Gold||Purple||✔|
|Master of Laws||LL.M.||Purple||Purple|
|School of Medicine||Doctor of Medicine||M.D.||Doctor Gold||Green||✔|
|Master of Public Health||M.P.H.||Salmon||Salmon|
|Master of Science in Clinical Investigation||M.S.||Gold||Gold|
|Doctor of Audiology||AU.D.||Doctor Gold||Green||✔|
|Master of Science (Speech-Language Pathology)||M.S.S.L.P.||Gold||Gold|
|Doctor of Medical Physics||M.P.D.||Doctor Gold|| Green
|Master of Science in Medical Physics||M.M.P.||Gold||Gold|
|Master of Science in Laboratory Investigation||M.L.I.||Gold||Gold|
|Master of Education of the Deaf||M.D.E.||Gold||Gold|
|Master of Health Professions Education||M.H.E.||Gold||Gold|
|School of Nursing||Master of Science in Nursing||M.S.N.||Apricot||Apricot|
|Doctor of Nursing Practice||D.N.P.||Doctor Gold||Apricot||✔|
|Owen Graduate School of Management||Master of Business Administration||M.B.A.||Drab||Drab|
|Master of Science in Finance||M.S.F.||Gold||Gold|
|Master of Accountancy||M.Acct||Drab||Drab|
|Master of Management in Health Care||M.M.H.C||Drab||Drab|
|Peabody College||Bachelor of Science||B.S.||Gold|
|Master of Education||M.Ed.||Light Blue||Light Blue|
|Master of Public Policy||M.P.P.||Peacock Blue||Peacock Blue|
|Doctor of Education||Ed.D.||Doctor Gold||Light Blue||✔|
* Degrees are awarded through the Graduate School, but are listed under both the Grad School and specific school.
* All Vanderbilt Doctors wear tams with Gold silk doctoral tassels attached