Ceremonial garments worn at academic functions take their meaning from the original centers of learning of the Western world in the Church of the Middle Ages. Caps, hoods, and gowns of the early students and monks have been held through the centuries to be traditionally symbolic of the scholarly devotion so basic to education and to the deliberate and orderly evolution of knowledge.
The academic regalia worn in ceremonies such as commencement is representative of the degree being conferred, the field of learning for that degree, and the institution from which the degree was earned. The following are descriptions of the regalia used at Waynesburg University.
Gown/Robe: There are three styles of robes and each style distinguishes the level of degree earned. Associate's and bachelor's degree robes have pointed sleeves and are black. Master's level robes are black, have an oblong sleeve which is open at the wrist with the base hanging down, and the rear part of the oblong is cut square while the front arc cuts away. Doctoral gowns are also black and much fuller with bell-shaped sleeves, and trimmings include velvet panels down the front and three bars of velvet on the sleeves. The velvet is typically black; however, it can be in the color representative of the field of study.
Mortarboard or Cap: Mortarboards are black and flat at the top. Mortarboards have four sides and typically have a tassel with a single button at the top. The tassel is in the color of the field of study of the degree granted. Tassels are worn on the right side and shifted to the left after the degree has been conferred.
Tam: Tams are used for doctoral degrees. Tams are made from black velvet. The number of sides varies and can be six- or eight-sided depending on which the University prefers. Tams are "poofed" at the top instead of flat and come with a tassel, usually in a gold bullion color with one or two buttons.
Hood: Academic hoods are black and made from the same fabric as the gown. They vary in length depending on the degree (from three feet to four feet), and the doctoral hood is wider. Lined with college or university colors, they typically have one field color and one chevron color. The edges of the hoods are velvet and in the color of the degree’s field of study. Hoods are worn by master's and doctoral level candidates at Waynesburg University.
Colors: The colors used on the trimmings of doctoral gowns, the edging of hoods, and the tassels of caps, are associated with the different disciplines of learning.
Waynesburg University’s standard colors include:
Degree Tassel/Hood Color
MAT Light Blue
MEd Light Blue
BS Golden Yellow
BSMB Golden Yellow
Tassels are worn on the right side and shifted to the left after the degree has been conferred.