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.