Regalia and Attire

Master degree graduate from Kennesaw State University.

Academic Regalia - Caps and Gowns

Graduation is an exciting time at Kennesaw State University as student accomplishments are celebrated throughout campus, culminating with a commencement ceremony. In preparation for this significant occasion, it is essential graduates wear the appropriate graduation attire and academic regalia. Please follow the guidelines listed below.

We recommend underneath the graduation gown, graduates wear dark, professional attire and shoes to complement the black academic regalia of Kennesaw State University. Academic regalia can be purchased from the KSU Bookstore.

Please do not bring handbags or other personal items, as there is no way to store or secure items in the line-up rooms during the ceremony.

Undergraduate Degree

Undergraduate degree graduates should wear a black gown with the KSU gold stole, black mortarboard (cap) and black tassel. (Note: The tassel is worn on the right side of the mortarboard (cap) prior to the degree being conferred, and on the left side after the degree is conferred.)

Honors for Undergraduate Students

Graduates receiving honors for their undergraduate degrees are acknowledged at commencement, both by public announcement as they cross the stage, and the gold-colored honor tassels worn with the graduation mortarboards (caps). The Office of the Registrar issues these tassels during line-up on graduation day.

Graduate or Specialist Degrees

Master’s and Specialist degree graduates wear a black gown designed with two gold embroidered KSU school seals, a hood, and black mortarboard (cap)with black tassel and gold medallion. Each hood has a separate color* based on the discipline and it is the most distinctive feature of this academic attire. Education Specialist hoods are somewhat different in that they are longer and wider than the Master’s hoods.

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral Degree graduates wear a gold gown featuring black velvet panels and bars accented with the gold embroidered KSU seal. The cap is a six-corner black velvet tam with two gold tassels. The Doctoral hood is the most distinctive, using black with a gold and black satin lining and accented with the designated discipline color*in velvet.

See the KSU Bookstore for information on purchasing regalia, personalized announcements, and other graduation items.

For all academic purposes, the colors associated with the different disciplines, including trimmings of doctoral gowns, edging of hoods, and tassels of mortarboards (caps), are listed in the American Council on Education guidelines as follows:


  • Degree 
  • Art and Humanities
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
    Red and Gold
  • Economics      
  • Education
    Light Blue
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts, Architecture
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Nursing           
  • Philosophy
    Dark Blue
  • Physical Education
    Sage Green
  • Public Administration
    Peacock Blue
  • Public Health
    Salmon Pink
  • Science
    Gold Yellow
  • Social Work