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At Graduation Cap and Gowns .com, we specialize academic regalia for faculty members, such as doctoral hoods, academic gowns and doctoral tams.


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The academic hood is comprised of a fabric shell (usually black), "degree velvet" and "school lining".


The velvet of the doctoral hood represents your degree.


For a Ph.D., the degree velvet is rich royal blue, or PhD blue.


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


Agriculture -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) - academic hood velvet: 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) - academic hood velvet: 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 hood is custom-made according to your school colors, degree colors, and type of degree (BA, MA, or PhD), 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 quality PhD hoods / Doctoral hoods


Notwithstanding the discipline velvet colors listed on the top paragraph, the correct velvet color for all PhD 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-PhD 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, but a PhD in English would receive the dark blue velvet. Similarly

a non-PhD Doctor of Science would receive Gold velvet, but a PhD in Science would receive the dark Blue Velvet.

a non-PhD Doctor of Engineering would receive Orange Velvet, but a PhD in Engineering would each receive the dark blue velvet.

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


For that reason, we offer the option of added piping on our PhD gowns and hoods, for example light blue piping for a PhD in education; scarlet piping for a PhD in theology, etc., such that PhD's in fields other than philosophy can "show their discipline" at the same time that they show their PhD.


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


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


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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


To order your PhD hood, fax - write - call - or email us with the following information:



Ship-to address (some people prefer us to ship to their school, if they won't be home during the day ... up to you)

Tel # day & evening (in case we have questions)

Email and/or Fax #(same reason, and to confirm receipt of order)

Quality of hood (deluxe with piping; deluxe without piping; economy)

Velvet Color (PhD blue or other). If non PhD, then let us know the velvet color to use or let us know the subject or discipline of your doctorate. For example a non-PhD doctorate in theology would receive scarlet velvet.

Piping yes/no (deluxe only) If receiving piping on your phd hood, would you like dark gold (generic), or other? If other, please specify which color (i.e. light gold for science; pink for music; drab for business; light blue for education; etc.)

Payment information. For orders within USA we accept checks and/or most credit cards. For international orders, we may require more information. If paying by credit card, please do not include credit card number in email. Instead include a telephone number on your email where we can call you back.

Date needed?

Loaner Needed? If your custom phdhood or doctoralhood isn't going to be ready by the date requested above, would you like us to send you a generic loaner doctoral hood at no charge that you will return upon receipt of your actual hood.




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