Academic Attire

All candidates must be in standard academic regalia. 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 Candidate

Academic regalia 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.

 

CollegeMaster Degree Hood Color 
College of BusinessAccountancy,


Master of Business Administration (MBA),


Business Administration for Executives

Drab
Sciences in College of Engineering and SciencesBiology (MS),


Computer Science (MS) (not CIS),


Mathematics (MS)

Gold Yellow
School of Engineering in College of Engineering and SciencesElectrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE),


Interdisciplinary Engineering (MSE),


Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MSME)

Orange
Humanities and Social Sciences in College of Humanities, Education, and Social SciencesChild Development and Family Studies (MS) – Marriage and Family TherapyMaroon
Humanities and Social Sciences in College of Humanities, Education, and Social SciencesCommunication (MA)Citron
Humanities and Social Sciences in College of Humanities, Education, and Social SciencesEnglish (MA),


History (MA)

White
School of Education in College of Humanities, Education, and Social SciencesEducation (MSED) – Human Services, Mental Health or School Counseling,


Education (MSED) – Special Education

Light Blue
College of NursingNursing (MSN)Apricot
College of TechnologyTechnology (MS),


Modeling, Simulation and Visualization (MSMSV)

Red

Baccalaureate Candidate

Academic regalia means a black mortarboard cap with colored tassel corresponding to major field of study as indicated below and a full-sleeved black gown.

Major Tassel Color 
College of Business


All College of Business majors

Drab
College of Engineering and Sciences


Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science (not CIS), General Physical Sciences, Health Studies, Mathematics, Physics, and at the Hammond campus Secondary Teaching for the disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Gold Yellow
School of Engineering (not Technology)Orange
College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences


Behavioral Sciences, Communication, English, Foreign Languages, History, Human Development & Family Services, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and at the Hammond campus Secondary Teaching for the disciplines: English, Foreign Languages, Social Studies

White
School of Education


Elementary Education at both campuses.  Early Childhood Education and Secondary Education majors at the Westville campus.


Secondary Teaching at the Hammond campus should wear the tassel color corresponding to the major subject area.

Light Blue
College of NursingApricot
College of Technology 


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

Red

Associate Candidate

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

Questions about the tassel or hood color for your degree and major?

Contact the Office of the Registrar.

Phone: (219) 989-2334
Email: graduation@pnw.edu

www.pnw.edu/registrar

Questions about the tassel or hood color for your degree and major?

Contact the Office of the Registrar.

Phone: (219) 989-2334
Email: graduation@pnw.edu

www.pnw.edu/registrar