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Colors and Styles of Graduation Gowns and Accessories

Ancient universities at one time used to have a very strict dress code for their students and faculty. One of the main ones being that they had to wear a robe over their clothing every day and these robes ranged from solid black to more elaborate robes such as robes that were decorated with gold trimmings. Throughout history the robes, or graduation gowns as they are called today, were exclusively solid black in color but, in today’s modern society a lot of the graduation gowns now are made to match the school’s colors.Only the last hundred years have we begun to see these colored gowns be added into the overall dress code. In England, for example, the trend started by robes being developed that set the different degrees apart such as a robe for a bachelor degree, one for a masters and one for a doctorate degree. Some of the more common ones is white for the arts, red being for the church, olive is most generally reserved for those in the pharmaceutical field and yellow representing the wealth that occurs in the various angles of the science degrees.You must be aware however, that each institution will have a completely set of different policies and because of this, there is often a lot of confusion over which color relates to what field of study. Within the United States, the colors for the various graduation gowns have pretty well become standardized so it is not hard to tell them apart. Here is a list of some of the more common ones that you may find at your next college graduation ceremony.· Orange-Worn by those graduating from the Engineering field· Russet-Forestry Majors· Crimson-Journalism Field· Lilac-Dentistry· Maize-Agriculture· Drab-Commerce, Accountants, and Business majors· Copper-Economics majors· Light Blue-Education Majors· Golden Yellow-Science· Gray-Veterinary field· Salmon Pink-Public Health· Sage Green-Physical Education· Olive Green-Pharmacy· Purple-LawThese are just a few of the colors and the corresponding fields that they represent. As you can see the list can become almost endless. It is also no wonder why there has been so much confusion when it relates to the types and colors of gowns that are available.The best way for you to find if your college has a standard graduation gown for your particular field would be to talk to someone. They will be able to give you any information that you may need and also where you may be able to order your graduation gowns through to be sure that it matches the rest of the graduating class.