The robes that bachelor and master's students wear are from the Elements CollectionTM from Jostens. These gowns help students celebrate the gradution tradition and obtain a keepsake, knowing their graduation attire was created with the utmost concern for the environment. The fabric for the robes is made from wood that is sourced exclusively from renewable, managed forests. Based on scientific research, if the robe is discarded, the fabric is proven to decompose in soil in one year. Robes kept inside will not decompose. As a part of the Elements Collection program, when a student redeems the Elements regalia hang tag code online, Jostens will contribute $1 to support environmental sustainability.
Bachelor's and master's degree regalia are available for purchase at Bear Faire or thereafter at the Baylor Bookstore. Bachelor's degree regalia includes a cap, gown, and tassel. A stole of appreciation is available and is stricly optional for the student to wear.
Master's degree regalia includes a cap, gown, tassel, and hood. Master's students graduating with dual degrees may wear only one hood.
Bachelor's regalia is priced at $50 plus tax. Master's regalia is priced at $102 plus tax.
Baylor has its own distinctive doctoral regalia, which will be worn by all doctoral candidates at graduation. Students should contact the Graduate School at 254-710-3582 for information concerning either rental of regalia ($37, includes sales tax) or purchase of regalia ($984.86, including tax). Shipping is an additional charge. Purchase of a bag and/or hanger is optional and an additional cost.
The design and appearance of academic regalia varies according to degree, becoming more elaborate with advanced degrees. Undergraduates may wear a maximum of 3 honor cords, medallions, or stoles related to academic honors. Honor cords are for honor/academic societies and do not denote any GPA recognition. Items such as flowers, decorative jewelry, and other non-academic adornments are not appropriate for the commencement ceremony. Mortarboards are not to be decorated.
Tassels are available in different colors, depending on the type of degree conferred. Master's hoods will show colors to indicate the area of study. The color designations for tassels and/or hoods are listed below.
Black--Tassels - Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, all Master's degrees
Drab (lighter Brown)--All Business degrees
Golden Yellow--Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Science
Apricot--All Nursing degrees
Light Blue--All Education degrees
Orange--All Engineering and Computer Science degrees
Pink--All Music degrees
Citron--All Social Work degrees
Salmon Pink (color sample not available)--Master of Public Health
Red--Master of Divinity
Gold--All Doctoral degrees. Hoods will indicate degree - dark blue for Doctor of Philosophy, light blue for Education, gold for Science, medium blue for Psychology.
Honor cords may be provided for membership in an academic or honor organization and usually are available from the organization involved. Cords are not provided to students who graduate cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude, although this designation is shown in the program and is stated as each graduate's name is called. Diplomas will be ordered after graduation to show this distinction.
A student may wear a maximum of 3 adornments such as honor cords and sashes during the ceremony. It is preferred that these adornments represent academic achievement. Any academic organization that wishes to provide these items to their membership must have approval from the Provost's Office. Contact Lois_Ferguson@Baylor.edu to request approval.