The Representation of Masters Hood Colors

Graduating from a Master’s degree is already a very high academic achievement anyone could attain. A Master’s degree is somewhat the ticket to a career promotion or to attain a higher position in a chosen vocation. As usual, colors are used to represent a certain discipline and the official color of a school during the graduation ceremony. From the color of the cap, gown and even Masters hood colors are set to represent something.

In America, Graduation Masters hood colors are set to follow the color coding by discipline laid by the American Council on Education. So it’s white for the arts, drab for business courses and so on. A complete list of colors can be seen in their page.

So the colors on a Masters hood stand for two things:

1.) Official School/University Color

Masters hood colors by school are varied. Schools have colors of their own to represent their history and core value. It is also used to distinguish them from other schools although there are others who have the same official colors. The silk lining of the master’s hood is colored according to the official school color to represent that the candidate received his or her degree in that school. The school color is represented in the silk lining of the master’s hood.

2.) Standard color code by discipline.

Masters hood colors are also determined by a candidate’s field of study or discipline. A uniform color code is used in most countries to represent each discipline. In the master’s hood, the silk or satin lining bears the required color of the candidate’s particular field of study.

academic regalia Masters hood is just a piece of the total picture. The whole Master’s Academic Regalia includes the cap, tassel and graduation gown. Each piece is still colored to represent the candidate’s discipline or field of study. A student can even add cords and stoles if they like, or if needed.

Aside from the fact that they should be colored accordingly, a Master’s hood also have a required length. Since the Master’s degree is higher than the bachelor’s title but lower than the Doctorate degree, the hood’s length is also longer than a bachelor’s degree holder but a bit shorter than a doctorate degree holder. In other words, a master’s hood should be three and a half feet long while a bachelor degree holder has it at only three feet long. Doctorate degree holders however, have longer hoods which measures up to four feet long.

Aside from that, a master’s graduation gown is also a bit different from the other degree holders. The graduation gown sleeves of a master’s degree candidate are oblong-shaped while bachelor’s degree candidates have pointed sleeves and the Doctorate ones have bell-shaped sleeves.

Masters hood colors are not there just to add some art to the graduation attireor to the graduation ceremony; they are there for a purpose. They represent the school who granted the candidate the particular degree or title that the student had been working for so long. And of course, it serves as a representation of the candidate’s field of study or discipline.


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