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Left: PhD hood on deluxe doctoral gown (with black velvet).
PhD hood on deluxe PhD gown (with PhD blue velvet).


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cap and gown Following a custom established in the 14th century, modern-day scholars display their academic achievements by wearing academic graduation hoods on their commencements together with their academic gowns and caps.

All of our university regalia strictly complies with the guidelines set forth by the Committee on Academic Customs and Ceremonies, appointed in 1959 by the American Council on Education.The academic hood is comprised of a fabric shell (usually black), "degree velvet" and "school lining". The velvet of the hood represents your degree or the discipline of your doctorate.

We have listed the most common academic velvet colors below:

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

doctoral hood

Customized deluxe J.D. doctoral hood with doctoral gown.
Purple velvet on both gown and hood to represent Law.
Bright gold piping added to both gown and hood.

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 we have THOUSANDS of schools in our data base, we cannot list them all here. Instead, when ordering, just let us know which school you graduated from, and we will look up the colors for you.

academic hood

Deluxe MBA Master's hood with faculty master's gown.
Navy & White lining. No additional piping added.

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!

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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Deluxe Ed.D. doctoral hood with doctoral gown.
Light blue piping added to both gown and hood.

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


Deluxe doctoral gown and Ed.D. doctoral hood.
Gold piping added to both gown and hood.


Deluxe Customized PhD gown and PhD hood.
Light blue piping added to both gown and hood
to represent PhD in Education.

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

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Deluxe PhD hood shown above, with gold piping added.
Royal & Gold lining.




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Additional information (for those who don't overwhelm easily) about doctoral regalia, doctoral gowns, doctoral hoods, and this web site, brought to you by the folks at DoctoralHood

This is the academic hood (specifically the doctoral hood) page of cap and gown capsandgown dot com

cap and gownCapsandgowns .com specializes in providing deluxe, rental and custom doctoral regalia for university professors and faculty members, as well as students' graduation cap and gowns.

Academic regalia for faculty members holding doctorates normally include a doctoral gown (or PhD gown), an academic cap (either a mortarboard or a doctoral tam) and an academic hood.

This page deals specifically the doctoral hood and PhD hood.
This page can be accessed either from capsandgown or directly at DoctoralHood .com (

Most people tend to think of the terms phd hood and doctoral hood synonymously, and use the two terms interchangeably...

For example, a person might call and ask for a PhD hood in music when they have a DMA (doctorate in musical arts) or ask for a doctor of music hood, when their degree is PhD (in music).

Although it might seem like semantics, from an accuracy in ordering point of view (that is, to be sure we give each person the correct hood for his/her degree), it is important to differentiate between the two terms:

a PhD in music would receive PhD blue velvet;
a doctorate in musical arts would receive pink velvet (since pink is the velvet color used to delineate music)

Similarly, a PhD in Education hood is not the same as an Ed.D. (doctorate in Education) hood. Whereas the Ed.D. graduate would receive light blue velvet on his/her hood, to signify education, the PhD would receive the dark blue velvet for PhD.

For that reason, we ask people to specify their degree when ordering their regalia: PhD in Music (so we know to use blue velvet) OR Doctorate in Musical Arts (so we know to use pink velvet) when placing their order.

For that reason, individuals with PhD's in fields other than philosophy often elect to have us add their discipline color, as piping, on gown and/or hood, to show the area of their degree.

Although we strive to keep our doctoral gowns and PhD gowns IN STOCK year round, together with our caps, tassels, and doctoral tams, we make our academic hoods to order (PhD hoods and all other doctoral hoods) since there are thousands of schools and so many different degrees that it is impossible to stock each one.

That doesn't mean that if you order late, your stuck. In many cases, we can send you full doctoral regalia by including a loaner doctoralhood in the same box with your gown and tam.

An example would be if a customer ordered doctoral regalia a week before their need date, and needed a black doctoral gown, a black doctoral tam, and a light blue velvet Ed.D. hood. What we would do, therefore, is ship the doctoral gown and Tam immediately to the customer and include a generic loaner EdD hood in the box, so that the customer has full academic regalia to wear (their 'real doctoral gown; their 'real' doctoral tam; and a 'loaner' EdD hood). Then when the "real" hood was ready (+/- 8 weeks later), we send it to the customer direct from the factory, and the customer sends us back the loaner doctoral hood.

There is no charge for loaner doctoral or PhD hoods provided that the customer returns them to us as soon as they receive their 'real' hood. This way, it would be available to others in the same situation.


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Above Deluxe PhD Gown (in stock) and Tam (in stock). If needed, we can RUSH SHIP these to customer upon confirmation of order, together with a loaner PhDhood (no extra charge), until 'real' hood is ready -- then just send back the loaner hood.


More information about our custom doctoral gowns and PhD gowns and doctoral hoods can be obtained by clicking the appropriate link above or we would be happy to send by e-mail (

You can also reach us by phone 412-422-GOWN (412-422-4696)



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