Purchasing Your Cap & Gown

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Proper Attire by Degree

Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral

Bachelor: Black Cap/Tassel/Black Gown
The cap is worn parallel to the floor. Undergraduates, who have not yet earned a first degree, wear the tassel forward and to the right. Tassel color is determined by the degree received. During the ceremony when directed by the Chancellor the tassel is moved to the left, signifying the conferring of the degree. The bachelor’s gown has pointed sleeves and is worn at UWM without the hood.

Colors listed below designate the proper tassel color UWM Bachelor’s candidates.

White
College of Letters and Science

  • Actuarial Science
  • Africology
  • Anthropology
  • Art History & Criticism
  • Classics
  • Committee Interdisciplinary
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Economics
  • English
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • German
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Jewish Studies
  • Linguisics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Women’s Studies
Gold
College of Health Sciences

  • All Majors

College of Letters and Science

  • Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Applied Mathematics and     Physics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Conservation and     Environmental Science
  • Course in Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Science
  • Microbiology
  • Physics

Drab
Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business

  • All Majors

Light Blue
School of Education

  • All Majors
Citron
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

  • All Majors

Lemon Yellow
School of Information Studies

  • All Majors

Orange
College of Engineering & Applied Science

  • All Majors

Crimson
College of Letters and Science

  • Journalism & Mass Communication

Dark Blue
College of Letters and Science

  • Philosophy

Apricot
College of the Nursing

  • All Majors

Dark Brown
School of the Arts

  • All Majors

Blue Violet
School of Architecture & Urban Planning

  • All Majors

Master: Black Cap/Black Tassel/Black Gown/Hood
UWM awards a variety of master’s degrees. The black tassel on the master’s cap is worn to the left signifying the possession of an academic degree. The master’s gown is designed with oblong sleeves, open at the wrist. The rear part of its oblong shape is square – cut and the front part has an arc cutaway. The hood hangs to the rear from the neck and may be fastened to the gown using either safety pins or Velcro. The field of study is indicated by the color of the velvet on the facing of the hood. To avoid wearing the hood inside out, care should be taken that the velvet facing is visible under the chin and lies flat over the shoulders.

Colors below designate the proper hood color for UWM Master’s graduates:

Gold

  • Master of Science in     Anthropology
  • Master of Science in     Biological Science
  • Master of Science in     Chemistry
  • Master of Science in     Clinical Lab Sciences
  • Master of Science in     Communication Sciences
    and Disorders
  • Master of Science in     Geography
  • Master of Science in     Geosciences
  • Master of Science in     Health Care Informatics
  • Master of Science in     Kinesiology
  • Master of Science in     Mathematics
  • Master of Science in     Nonprofit Management
    and Leadership
  • Master of Science in     Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Science in     Physics
  • Master of Science in     Psychology
  • Master of Science in     Urban Studies

White

  • Master of Arts in Art
    History
  • Master of Arts in
    Communication
  • Master of Arts in
    Economics
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Foreign
    Language and Literature
  • Master of Arts in
    Geography
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Master of Liberal Studies
  • Master of Arts in
    Political Science
  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Arts in Women’s Studies
Light Blue

  • Master of Science in
    Administrative Leadership
  • Master of Science in
    Cultural Foundations
    of Education
  • Master of Science in
    Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Science in
    Educational Psychology
  • Master of Science in
    Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master of Science in
    Exceptional Education
  • Education Specialist in
    School Psychology

Royal Blue

  • Master of Arts in
    Philosophy

Crimson

  • Master of Arts in
    Media Studies

Peacock

  • Master of Human
    Resources & Labor Relations
  • Master of Public
    Administration

Lemon

  • Master of Library and
    Information Science

Brown

  • Master of Arts in Art
  • Master of Fine Arts in Art
  • Master of Fine Arts in
    Performing Arts
  • Master of Science in Art
    Education

Pink

  • Master of Music
Drab

  • Master of Business
    Administration
  • Master of Science in
    Management

Orange

  • Master of Science in
    Engineering
  • Master of Science in
    Computer Science

Apricot

  • Master of Science in
    Nursing

Citron

  • Master of Science in
    Criminal Justice
  • Master of Social Work

Blue Violet

  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Urban Planning

Doctoral: Black Tam/Gold Tassel/Black Gown/Doctorate Hood
UWM awards the Doctor of Philosophy. The gold tassel is worn to the left, signifying the possession of an academic degree. The doctor’s gown has voluminous sleeves with three velvet chevrons, and velvet facing down the front openings of the gown. The velvet trim on the doctorate hood is royal blue for any field at UWM. As in the master’s hood, the velvet facing should be visible under the chin and should lie flat over the shoulders. It can be attached to the gown with using the loop to loop to a button or by using safety pins or Velcro.