What are the Specifications of Academic Regalia for PhD?

A PhD is the highest degree anyone can obtain in an academic institution. It is a more refined and in-depth study of a certain academic discipline that makes a PhD graduates an authority figure in his or her own field of expertise. However, before being an authority figure requires a graduation first to receive the PhD diploma, and academic regalia for the PhD are required to be worn during that prestigious event.

Academic regalia for PhD are the most unique academic regalia among all the other academic levels. It is the most detailed and complicated looking among all the other regalia.

The PhD robes, even though they are also black like the master’s gown has full wide sleeves unlike the latter. It also has linings at the front and sleeve bands that are colored to represent the candidate’s academic field of study or University wherein he or she is graduating from.

The PhD hood is also unique because it is four feet long with satin and velvet linings that are also colored to represent both the candidate’s academic discipline and official school color.

The PhD graduation cap is the most unique piece of academic regalia for PhD since it is very different from all the other graduation caps worn by other academic levels. Instead of the usual mortar board style graduation caps, PhD candidates wear the academic tams which are more beret-like caps that are also colored black or dark blue. The tassels of these academic tams are all in bullion or gold color regardless of the school and the candidate’s academic discipline.

Academic regalia graduation is always required to be worn in every graduation ceremony. It had been a traditional practice throughout the years to use such robes, caps and hoods as the attire during a ceremonious event that symbolizes an end of a certain academic level and the beginning of a new academic challenge.

In the case of a PhD degree, not everyone has plans to proceed on such a higher academic requirement. For one it needs a lot of time and resources, and second, it requires additional hard work and perseverance to finish it successfully. And understandably, a PhD degree is usually taken during an age wherein most people are busy building up their own lives with a family and a stable career path.

However, for those who pursued such higher studies, the benefits are also high. A PhD degree allows one to be an expert on a certain chosen field; one can also be an authority figure or speaker especially during conventions and seminars that are connected to their field of expertise. Moreover, one can have more chances of securing a top position in any institution if a PhD degree is present. Plus, a professional fee is higher if one achieved a PhD degree.

With a PhD degree, there are more chances of getting a higher and better position in any institution. However, for most people, taking up a PhD degree is not exactly for career purposes or self-elevation, rather they take a PhD degree just to satisfy a certain hunger for knowledge and challenges.

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