In 1896, the colleges and universities in the United States adopted a uniform code governing academic dress and all graduates from the University of Colorado wear black gowns. Those who are receiving a master’s or doctoral degree from the University of Colorado wear satin lined hoods with the university colors, silver and gold. The velvet border of the hood indicates the degree and master's graduates wear a black cap with a black tassel, while the doctorate graduates have a gold bullion tassel attached to their tam.
The Oxford cap, usually referred to as a mortarboard, has a long tassel that is fastened by a button on the top. Candidates for baccalaureate degrees wear the tassel pendant over the right front of the cap before the degree is conferred, and over the left thereafter. The color of the tassel on the bachelor’s cap indicates the field of study, with the exception of the Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Arts & Sciences, whose candidates wear white tassels.
The University of Colorado Boulder welcomes Native American and Indigenous students and their families to wear and display traditional Native American or Indigenous regalia at graduation. Regalia might include accessories such as beads, jewelry, feathers or leis and clothes, blankets and footwear. Only enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe should wear or possess eagle feathers.
Master's Hood Velvet Colors
Doctoral Hood Velvet Colors
|Arts & Sciences: White||Arts: White||Audiology: Green|
|Business: Blue||Business: Sapphire Blue||Engineering: Dark Blue|
|Education: Light Blue||Education: Light Blue||Law (Juris Doctor): Purple|
|Engineering: Orange||Engineering: Orange||Musical Arts: Pink|
|Environmental Design: Lavender||Environmental Design: Blue Violet (Lavender)||Philosophy (PhD): Dark Blue|
|Fine Arts: Brown||Fine Arts: Brown|
|Media, Communication & Information: Red||Law: Purple|
|Music: Pink||Library Science: Lemon Yellow|
|Master's: Black||Media, Communication & Information: Crimson|
|Doctoral: Gold Bullion||Music: Pink|
|With Distinction||Royal Blue|
|With High Distinction||Burgundy|
|With High Honors||Light Blue|
|With Highest Honors||Pink|
|Magna Cum Laude||Red|
|Summa Cum Laude||Dark Purple|