Academic Costume

The Gown

Bachelor: The bachelor gown is black, full cut with long pointed sleeves.
Master: The master gown is black, long or short sleeves, with an arc-shaped panel extended for each sleeve.
Doctor: The Ohio State University Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Musical Arts gown is scarlet with gray velvet panels on the front and three velvet bars on each sleeve.
Other doctor gowns are black with velvet panels and bars, the color of which is distinctive of the field of study.

Honors Emblem

The Ohio State University honors emblem is a scarlet and gray tasseled braid worn over the gown. Students eligible for this curricular honor are those graduating summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude, with distinction, and with honors. Graduates meeting any of these criteria receive the honors emblem through their college office.

The Hood

Master: Three and one half feet long with a three-inch-wide velvet edging.
Doctor: Four feet in length with a five-inch-wide velvet edging and panel at the sides.

The lining of all hoods, which is folded out, bears the official colors of the institution granting the degree. The color of the velvet indicates the field of study.

Cap and Tassel

Candidates for degrees at The Ohio State University wear the black mortarboard with a tassel whose color is distinctive of the degree being received. The tassel colors are as follows:

Graduate School (PhD/DMA)

Gray

  (Others)

Black

College of Arts and Sciences

 

     BA

White

     BA Journalism

Crimson

     BAE, BFA

Brown

     BM, BME

Pink

     BS, BS Design

White

Fisher College of Business

Drab

College of Dentistry

Lilac

College of Education and Human Ecology

 

     Education

Light Blue

     Human Ecology

Maroon

College of Engineering

Orange

     Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture

Blue-Violet

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Maize

     School of Environment and Natural Resources

Blue-Green

Moritz College of Law

Purple

College of Medicine

Green

     School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Green

College of Nursing

Apricot

College of Optometry

Seafoam Green

College of Pharmacy

Olive Green

John Glenn School of Public Affairs

Peacock Blue

College of Public Health

Salmon

College of Social Work

Citron

College of Veterinary Medicine

Gray

Undergraduate and master's caps and gowns may be purchased from the Ohio State Bookstore, Student Book Exchange, Buckeye Books, and other campus area bookstores.

Ph.D. caps and gowns may be purchased or rented at Ohio State Bookstores only. Ph.D. rental orders must be placed at the Ohio State Bookstore by 4:30 PM, Friday, April 4. The fee is due at the time the order is placed.