The caps and gowns worn by graduates and faculty are based on costumes used in universities of the 14th and 15th centuries, particularly at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England. This academic dress has been used in the United States from colonial times and was standardized by an 1895 Intercollegiate Code. Like the military of medieval times with its pages, squires, and knights, the academic world has long had three basic grades of dignity and achievement. These are undergraduates, bachelors, and masters (or doctors). The distinction between masters and doctors is comparatively recent; both imply the right to teach. Black is the most common color for academic gowns. There is no trimming on the gowns for the bachelor’s or master’s degrees. For the doctoral degree, the gown is faced down the front with black or colored velvet and with three bars of the same color across the sleeves. The color in the master’s costume is restricted to the hood worn around the neck and down the back. This is edged with velvet or a color which indicates the subject area of the degree received, and is lined with silk in the colors of the institution which granted the degree. Doctors have a larger and more open hood lined, like the master’s hood, with the colors of the degree-granting institution and trimmed with the color of the subject area of the degree received. Gowns have black or colored velvet on the sleeves and the front.
Adapted in part from American Universities and Colleges, 11th edition, Washington, American Council on Education, 1971.
Academic apparel is a commencement tradition at the University of Minnesota. The UMC Bookstore is your official campus graduation source; visit. All candidates for graduation are responsible for securing the following items:
Candidates for bachelor degrees wear:
In keeping with the guidelines outlined in the internationally accepted Academic Costume Code, nothing else should be worn on the academic gown.
Undergraduate candidates wear the tassel on the right side of the cap.
Bachelor degree tassel colors:
|Agriculture & Natural Resources||Maize|
|Liberal Arts & Education||White|
|Math, Science & Technology||Yellow Gold|
Official University of Minnesota honor cords denoting graduation with Distinction and High Distinction, distributed through the Registrar's Office, are the only enhancements to the traditional regalia that have been approved by the University for commencement ceremonies.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center
All friends and family are invited to both the reception
Lysaker Gymnasium, Sports Center
The doors to Lysaker Gymnasium
will open at approximately 1:00 p.m.
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This is a "one stop" event where you can purchase your cap and gown, graduation announcements, diploma frames, check your graduation status, receive financial aid loan exit information, register for job placement services, and learn about the Alumni Association graduation events.
April 2, 2014
8:30 am - 2:30 pm