Academic Robes & Regalia

Based upon the level of education obtained, there are essentially three types of academic regalia as detailed below.

It is traditional to wear the academic attire of the highest degree earned during convocation processions.

Ph.D:

The American Doctoral gown (or Ph.D gown, as it is sometimes called) has a full bell sleeve with velvet front facings and sleeve chevrons. Under the American Intercollegiate Code, the velvet is black or may be the colour indicating the department of the degree achieved. The Doctoral hood has velvet trimming indicating the department of the degree achieved and coloured linings representing the specific institution. A traditional black mortarboard cap or tam is generally worn. Canadian Universities generally follow the usage inherited from institutions of higher learning in the United Kingdom and also the American tradition. A beefeater cap or a soft tam are often specified. Each University specifies its own patterns and colours for the gown, hood and cap, which are unique to each institution.

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Masters:

The Masters gown has pleated front panels. It has closed sleeves with squared ends which fall below the knees and have slits at the arm near the elbows. The squared sleeve ends have a semi-circle cut-out near the bottom. In the American tradition, the Master’s hood has velvet trimming indicating the degree and coloured linings that represent the specific institution. A traditional black mortarboard cap is generally worn. Canadian Universities generally follow the usage inherited from institutions of higher learning in the United Kingdom and also the American tradition. Each University specifies its own patterns and colours for the hood, which are unique to each institution.

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Bachelors:

The Bachelors gown has pleated front panels and long pointed sleeves. In the American tradition, the Bachelors hood has velvet trimming indicating the degree and coloured linings representing the specific institution. A traditional black mortarboard cap is generally worn. Canadian Universities generally follow the usage inherited from institutions of higher learning in the United Kingdom and also the American tradition. Each University specifies its own patterns and colours for the hood, which are unique to each institution.

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