If you would like to purchase Doctoral or Master apparel, please review the options listed on this page, and then click here to download the Order Form (PDF). Please note that it will take 8-10 weeks to complete your order.
The presence of velvet panels and chevrons on an academic gown indicates a doctoral degree. The color of the velvet
may either be black or may indicate the degree (dark blue for a PhD, purple for a JD, etc.).
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A) Marshal: This hand-tailored doctoral gown is for those who want the very best. The doctoral panels and chevrons are tailored in rich, plush velvet lined with pellon, and are hand-sewn, leaving no visible stitching. This gown also has the added luxuries of a recessed zipper (for wearing the gown open), a pocket slit for clothing access, suit cuffs in the sleeves, a braided neckline, and decorative pleats at the shoulders, forming a "V" at the back.
B) Valedictory: Doctoral gown similar in style and cut to the Faculty gown, but the panels and chevrons are done in the same high-grade velvet as the Marshal gown.
C) Faculty: Traditional black doctoral gown with full bell sleeves and machine-sewn velveteen panels and chevrons.
D) Master Gown: Similar to the Faculty gown, but without the doctoral velvet trim. The Masters degree is signified by square-cut sleeve extensions which hang down from the rear of the sleeve.
E) The Official UC PhD Gown: Designed by the Regents of the University of California, is a Marshal style gown with a unique yoke and sleeve construction. The panels and chevrons are dark (PhD) blue velvet with gold piping.
The academic hood is a symbol of your personal achievement. It reflects your degree and the University awarding the degree. The satin lining is done in the approved color of the University, while the velvet indicates the degree earned.
A Mortarboard (left) may be worn and is available with a folding crown or a stiff crown. If being ordered with a gown, the color and fabric will match the gown.
The Velvet Tam (right) is the traditional style of headwear for doctoral regalia. The color should match the velvet trim on the gown.
If purchasing a mortarboard, a rayon tassel is included at no additional charge. Doctoral tassels are traditionally gold. Higher-grade tassels may be purchased at an additional cost.
If purchasing a tam, one of the following tassels must be chosen.
The cap is worn with the long point of the shell to the rear. Undergraduates who have not yet received a degree wear the tassel forward and to the right. After the degree is awarded, the tassel is shifted to the left.
For those receiving graduate degrees, (Master, Ph.D., MD, etc.) the tassel is worn to the left, signifying existing possession of an academic degree. It is customary for those wishing to demonstrate respect for their country to remove their caps during the national anthem or when the U.S. flag is passing. Lightweight clothing is usually worn under the gown. Coats are not necessary for men, but a shirt and tie improve the appearance of the gown.
The hood worn by those receiving the master's and doctoral degrees hangs to the rear from the neck and is fastened to shirt buttons by an elastic cord. To avoid wearing the hood inside out, make sure that the velvet facing of the hood is visible under the chin and lies flat over the shoulders.
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