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Academic Regalia

Commencement is a formal academic occasion. You must be in proper academic regalia (cap, gown, hood and academic tassel) to participate in the exercises. Be sure to bring these items with you. 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.

Under the robe, men traditionally wear a dress shirt, dress slacks, tie, and black shoes. Women traditionally wear a dress or skirt and blouse and dress shoes.

Ordering Regalia

Any student who wishes to participate in the Commencement Ceremony will be required to wear proper regalia. The degree you are earning from ODU should be represented by the academic gown and hood worn at Commencement. A hood color chart is enclosed in this packet. As well as a mortarboard (cap) and tassel.

Graduation regalia must be ordered online by the specified due date and can either be shipped or picked up at the bookstore during Grad Fair.

Order online: herff.ly/odu

No orders will be accepted by mail, phone or fax.

Click here to find more information on how to order your regalia.

Honors Regalia

Latin honors are not recognized at the commencement ceremony. There are no "honor cords" to wear that are comparable to a high school commencement. This is because final grades are not confirmed until after the ceremony has taken place.

If you are a member of an honor organization (ODK, Golden Key, etc), you must contact that organization directly for their regalia. The University Village Bookstore does not sell or supply these items. If you are a member of multiple honors organizations, the choice of how many and which pieces of their regalia you choose to wear is up to you. You should exercise good taste in making these decisions.

Doctoral Hooding

Please see this video detailing the Doctoral hooding process that occurs on-stage during the ceremony.


Hood Binding Colors

The color of the hood binding is usually that of the last-designated discipline that is incorporated in the official title of the degree (e.g., Doctor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Education.)

Colors associated with the subject vary somewhat at American colleges and universities. The following, a partial list taken from the Academic Costume Code, published by the American Council on Education, has been adopted by Old Dominion University.

Degree & Hood Color

Majors


Bachelor of Arts

White
White

  • African & African American Studies
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Foreign Languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Women's Studies

Bachelor of Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • African American and African Studies
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Geography
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Brown
Brown

  • Acting
  • Fine Arts

Bachelor of Music

Pink
Pink

  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Music Education

Master of Arts

White
White

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Applied Sciology
  • English
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Lifespan Communication and Digital Media
  • International Studies
  • Visual Studies

Master of Fine Arts

Brown
Brown

  • Creative Writing
  • Visual Studies

Master of Music Education

Pink
Pink

  • Music Education

Doctor of Philosophy

Dark Blue
Dark Blue

  • International Studies

Degree & Hood Color

Majors


Bachelor of Arts

White
White

  • Economics

Bachelor of Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • E-Commerce Systems

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Drab
Drab

  • Accounting
  • Decision Sciences
  • Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Maritime and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing Management

Master of Arts

White
White

  • Economics

Master of Business Administration

Drab
Drab

  • Business Administration

Master of Public Administration

Peacock Blue
Peacock Blue

  • Public Administration

Master of Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • Accounting
  • E-Commerce Systems

Master of Taxation

Drab
Drab

  • Taxation

Master of Urban Studies

Peacock Blue
Peacock Blue

  • Urban Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

Dark Blue
Dark Blue

  • Business Administration
  • Public Management and Urban Policy

Bachelor of Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • Cybersecurity

Master of Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • Cybersecurity

Degree & Hood Color

Majors


Bachelor of Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • Exercise Science
  • Human Services
  • Occupational and Technical Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Recreation and Tourism Studies
  • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Sport Management

Master of Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • Exercise Science
  • Occupational and Technical Studies
  • Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies
  • Sport Management

Master of Science in Education

Light Blue
Light Blue

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Counseling
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Physical Education
  • Reading
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Education Specialist

Light Blue
Light Blue

  • Counseling
  • Educational Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy

Dark Blue
Dark Blue

  • Community College Leadership
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Higher Education
  • Human Movement Science
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Literacy Leadership
  • Occupational and Technical Studies
  • Special Education

Degree & Hood Color

Majors


Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Orange
Orange

  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Orange
Orange

  • Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Computer Engineering

Orange
Orange

  • Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Orange
Orange

  • Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

Orange
Orange

  • Environmental Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Orange
Orange

  • Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Modeling and Simulation Engineering

Orange
Orange

  • Modeling and Simulation Engineering

Master of Engineering

Orange
Orange

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Experimental Methods
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Motorsports Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Systems Engineering

Master of Engineering Management

Orange
Orange

  • Engineering Management

Master of Science

Orange
Orange

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation

Doctor of Engineering

Orange
Orange

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Systems Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy

Dark Blue
Dark Blue

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Systems Engineering

Degree & Hood Color

Majors


Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Lilac
Lilac

  • Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health

Green
Green

  • Enivronmental Health

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Green
Green

  • Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology

Green
Green

  • Medical Technology

Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology

Green
Green

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Apricot
Apricot

  • Nursing

Master of Public Health

Salmon Pink
Salmon Pink

  • Public Health

Master of Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • Community Health
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Athletic Training

Master of Science in Nursing

Apricot
Apricot

  • Nursing

Doctor of Science in Nursing

Apricot
Apricot

  • Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy

Dark Blue
Dark Blue

  • Health Services Research

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Teal
Teal

  • Physical Therapy

Degree & Hood Color

Majors


Bachelor of Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Ocean and Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • Computer Science

Master of Science

Yellow
Yellow

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Ocean and Earth Sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy

Dark Blue
Dark Blue

  • Applied Experimental Psychology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Ecological Sciences
  • Human Factors Psychology
  • Industrial/ Organizational Psychology
  • Oceanography
  • Physics

Doctor of Psychology

Yellow-Gold & Royal Blue
Yellow-Gold/Royal Blue

  • Clinical Psychology

Degree & Hood Color

Majors


Doctor of Philosophy

Dark Blue
Dark Blue

  • Urban Services
    Health Services
  • Urban Services
    Urban Education
  • Urban Services
    Urban Management


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