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 doctor’s degree from the University of Colorado wear hoods lined with the university colors, silver and gold. The velvet border of the hood indicates the degree and master's graduates wear a black cap and tassel, while the doctor 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 BA degree whose candidates wear white tassels indicating the arts.

Tassel Colors
Arts: White
Business: Sapphire Blue
Doctor of Philosophy: Dark Blue
Education: Light Blue
Engineering: Orange 
Environmental Design: Blue-violet 
Fine Arts: Brown
Law: Purple
Library Science: Lemon Yellow
Media, Communication & Information: Crimson
Music: Pink
Science: Gold