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Regalia (Cap and Gown)


Vanderbilt Apparel

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
  • Ph.D. — gold gown with bell-shaped sleeve and three velvet bars

ADORNMENT POLICY -  Personal decor is not allowed on mortar boards, caps, or gowns.  To view the complete adornment policy on cords, decorations, etc., click  here


The Vanderbilt Bachelor gown showcases the traditional characteristics of an academic gown but with the added branding of Vanderbilt University.  The gown uses full front pleats, balanced fluting and an easily accessible zipper.  Your Vanderbilt bachelor gown, mortarboard cap, and degree color tassel is yours to keep or you can recycle it following the ceremony. Click images for larger view.




The Master gown features traditional tailoring which includes oblong shaped sleeves, closed at the bottom with a wrist opening, and Vanderbilt branding.  Master gowns are worn with degree color tassels and a mortarboard cap.  Master students complement their gown by wearing a master degree hood.  Graduates keep the cap and tassel following the ceremony and the gown and hood are rentals that are to be returned. Click images for larger view.


Doctor – all other (JD, MD, AUD, MPD, DNP or EdD)

The Doctor gown features velvet chevrons on each of the bell sleeves and velvet on the front panels with the Vanderbilt logo.  Doctor gowns are to be worn with Doctoral degree hoods.  Tams are worn by Doctoral graduates with a non-removable gold silky tassel.  Doctoral regalia sets are rental and all parts need to be returned following the ceremony. Click images for large view.


Doctor – Ph.D.

The Vanderbilt University Ph.D. gown represents academic tailoring at its very best.  Fine pleating frames the velvet panels from the hemline, up over the shoulders, to a point in the center back of yoke, where it is finished with fancy cording.  The Vanderbilt gown features a zipper closure and fully lined bell sleeves, ending in a cuff at the wrist.  A pocket slit is also added to allow access to clothing beneath the robe.  The gown is Antique Gold crepe; a two-way textured polyester with a stain resistant finish and excellent draping and wrinkle resistant qualities.  Black velvet panels and chevrons are outlined in antique gold cording and the front velvet panels are embroidered with the Vanderbilt mark.  PhD gowns are to be worn with degree hoods and tams are worn with a non removable gold silky tassel.  The entire PhD regalia set can be rented or purchased. Click images for larger view.

Front  PHD

Back  PHD

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 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 Science in Applied Clinical Informatics M.S.A.C.I. Gold Gold  
  Master of Education of the Deaf M.D.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 Marketing M.Mark 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