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At Graduation Cap and Gowns we specialize in academic graduation regalia and doctoral regalia for faculty members, such as Doctoral Gowns, Doctoral Hoods and Doctoral Tams.



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Doctoral Gowns


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Doctoral Gowns are available in deluxe quality, semi custom, completely custom made, standard faculty quality, and souvenir / student quality.


Our most popular IN STOCK doctoral robes are our Deluxe Doctoral Gown and Deluxe Ph.D. Gown which are available both with and without Gold Piping.


Modeled after our made-to-measure gowns, our deluxe doctoral gowns give you custom made quality for an off-the-rack price!

The deluxe doctoral gown is available in stock with your choice of either Black velvet or Ph.D. Blue velvet as shown for $290.00



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Deluxe Doctoral Gown - Front View  
Deluxe PhD Gown & Hood- Rear View



We can also customize this gown by adding piping to it, or by changing the velvet color or the fabric color.

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Silver Piping added to Ph.D. Gown  
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This way, you get a truly custom look, for the fraction of the cost of a completely made-to-measure doctoral gown:


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The doctoral robe is normally in stock with either Black Velvet or Ph.D. Blue Velvet for $290.00, or with with Black or Blue Velvet and Gold Piping for $365.00


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If you wish to further customize, the cost of customizing your deluxe gown is $290.00 for the gown plus your choice of the following changes:

Fabric color change $75.00; Fabric change to Crepe $125.00
Super 100's Tropical Wool fabric (Black only) $220.00
Velvet color change $30.00; Piping $75.00


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Deluxe doctoral gown with black velvet and gold piping
- Normally In Stock @ $365.00


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Deluxe Ph.D. - doctoral gown with Royal velvet and gold piping - Normally In Stock @ $365.00

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Please allow +/- 8 weeks for all semi-custom gowns (that is, deluxe gowns with fabric or velvet changes, or piping added). If you have any questions about custom regalia, please contact our office.

Want to see what a customized gown would look like? Try our custom gown maker and design your own doctoral gown on line!



In addition to our Deluxe Doctoral Gowns, we also stock Faculty Doctoral Gowns for $175.00

However the faculty quality gowns are only available with black velvet, and the sleeves on these gowns are open "choir style", rather than the full bell sleeve of the deluxe gown. Also these gowns cannot be customized.



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Faculty quality doctoral gown with black velvet


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We also carry an economy student doctor's graduation gown, styled similar to the above faculty gown, but souvenir quality, not intended for years of use by faculty members.

The cost of the economy student doctoral gown is $80.00



Doctoral Graduation Hoods



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Deluxe PhD hood / Deluxe PhD gown



The academic hood is comprised of three parts: a fabric shell (usually black), "degree velvet" and "school lining". In most cases, the important factors are the velvet and the lining.


The velvet of the doctoral hood represents your degree. The lining represents the school where you obtained your degree.


For a Ph.D. hood, the degree velvet is Rich Royal Blue, or as we call it, "PhD Blue", regardless of the field or specialty of the Ph.D.

For all other doctorates (non PhD) or degrees, the velvet colors are listed below:


Agriculture -academic hood velvet: Maize
Arts / Letters / Humanities - academic hood velvet: White
Business / Accountancy / Commerce - academic hood velvet: Drab
Communications / Journalism - academic hood velvet: Crimson
Dentistry - academic hood velvet: Lilac
Economics - academic hood velvet: Copper
Education - academic hood velvet: Light Blue
Engineering - academic hood velvet: Orange
Fine Arts (including Architecture) - Brown
Forestry - academic hood velvet: Russet
Journalism - Communications / academic hood velvet: Crimson
Law - academic hood velvet: Purple
Library Science - academic hood velvet: Lemon Yellow
Medicine - academic hood velvet: Hunter Green
Music - academic hood velvet: Pink
Nursing - academic hood velvet: Apricot
Oratory (Speech) - academic hood velvet: Silver - Gray
Pharmacy - academic hood velvet: Olive Green
Philosophy - academic hood velvet: PhD Rich Royal Blue
Physical Education - academic hood velvet: Sage Green
Public Administration (includes Foreign Service): Peacock Blue
Public Health - academic hood velvet: Salmon Pink
Science - academic hood velvet: Bright Gold
Social Work - academic hood velvet: Citron
Theology (including Divinity, Ministry, Religion): Scarlet
Veterinary Science - academic hood velvet: Gray


In addition to the degree colors, each school generally has its own colors. These "school colors" are represented by the colors of the satin lining in the back of the hood.


As each academic hood is custom-made according to your school colors, degree colors, and type of degree (BA, MA, or Ph.D.), we ask that you give us about +/- 8 weeks to process your order, especially during the graduation season. What if you don't have that much time to wait? No problem -- ask us about our free loaner hood program!


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Deluxe doctoral gown with black velvet and light blue piping added
Deluxe Ed.D. hood with light blue velvet with light blue piping



Deluxe Ph.D. and Doctoral Graduation Hoods


Notwithstanding the discipline velvet colors listed on the top paragraph, the correct velvet color for all Ph.D. hoods is dark blue, representing the mastery of the discipline of scholarship attested to by the awarding of the Ph.D.


On the other hand, the correct velvet color for all non-Ph.D. doctorate holders (as well as Masters and Bachelors) would be that of their particular field.


That means that while a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) would receive light blue velvet, a Ph.D. in English would receive the dark blue velvet.


Similarly a non-Ph.D. Doctor of Science would receive Gold velvet, but a Ph.D. in Science would receive the dark Blue Velvet. A non-Ph.D. Doctor of Engineering would receive Orange Velvet, but a Ph.D. in Engineering would each receive the dark blue velvet.


To avoid confusion, it is very important therefore for all doctors ordering academic hoods to clearly specify whether they are a Ph.D. (and would be receiving the dark blue velvet regardless of their field) or a Doctor of...


Gold piping is also an option for doctors wanting to "dress up" their gown and/or hood.

Piping is often added to customized doctoral hoods to match doctoral gowns with piping.


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Deluxe doctoral hood with white velvet with Gold Piping
Deluxe doctoral gown with white velvet and Gold Piping added



The price for deluxe hoods with piping is $145.00
The price for deluxe hoods without piping is $130.00
The price for souvenir - student hoods (no piping) is $80.00

We recommend the Deluxe hood for Deluxe and Faculty quality gowns and the Economy doctor's hood for the souvenir gown.

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Doctoral Graduation Tams

To "top it off" you have the choice of a Doctoral Tam, or a Mortarboard for your academic cap.


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Eight-sided black velvet doctoral tam with Gold Bullion tassel


Although not required, most faculty members who have doctorates purchase doctoral tams, in place of mortarboards, to differentiate themselves from students and non-doctors.


Doctoral tams are available in your choice of four, six, or eight cornersand in your choice of a gold silky tassel or gold metallic tassel, or with plain tassels. If you elect to dress your gown or hood with Gold Piping, then we strongly recommend the Gold Bullion Tassel since it matches better with the gown and hood piping than the silky tassel.


We keep Doctoral Tams in stock in traditional Black velvet, and can also make them in your choice of colors such as Red or Blue.


Most faculty members choose six-sided or eight-sided Tams


Extremely tall and thin people may look better with the eight-sided tam since it tends to look more round, and help "fill a person out", while very short stocky people may look better with a four-sided tam since it is sharper and thus makes the person look "less round".


The cost of the four, six, or eight-sided Tams are $92.00 with the Bullion Tassel or $78.50 with the silky tassel.


If purchasing without a gown, the price of the four and six-sided Tam is the same, but the eight-sided Tam is $20.00 extra.


Tams in Blue or Red or other non-Black velvet colors are $20.00 extra.




When ordering your Doctoral Tam, be sure to indicate your hat size or your head size. Using a tape, measure the circumference of your head about an inch over your eyebrow. The size should be in the neighborhood of 22 to 23 1/2 inches. It should be snug but not too tight. Round size to nearest quarter inch. If you are between sizes, err to the larger quarter inch. A cap size would be something like 6 7/8, 7 1/4, 7 3/8, etc.

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