Academic regalia is required in order to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Regalia can be purchased at the UNM Bookstore (either Main Campus or Medical/Legal) and may not be altered, modified, or decorated in any way.
Bachelor's degree graduates wear red caps and gowns and master's and doctoral degree graduates wear black caps and gowns. Master's and doctoral graduates must purchase hoods as part of their academic regalia. UNM regalia descriptions may be viewed here.
Caps and gowns may or may not be required at individual convocations, so check with your school or college convocation coordinator.
The University Bookstores are the places to find essential items for graduation, including caps, gowns, hoods, announcements, and diploma frames. The Graduation Fair, with special discounts, is scheduled for March 17th at the UNM Medical/Legal Bookstore and for March 18th, 19th and 20th at the UNM Bookstore on main campus These items will be available through graduation week. Purchase your cap and gown early to insure proper size.
Announcements can be ordered online at Jostens.
For further information and prices, please contact the UNM Bookstore at 277-7469.
Academic dress has its beginnings in the Middle Ages. When the English universities were taking form in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the scholars were also clerics and adopted robes similar to those of their monastic orders. Caps were a necessity in the drafty buildings, and copes or capes with hoods attached were needed for warmth. The hood was selected by these early scholars as the article to be made distinctive for the various degrees by its color, trimming, and binding. As the universities gradually passed from the control of the ecclesiastics, regalia took on brighter hues, and even today the robes of Oxford and Cambridge remain among the most colorful of all.
The use of academic regalia in the United States has been continuous since Colonial times. The idea of a well-defined system, however, did not arise until about 1893 when an intercollegiate commission was formed which prepared a uniform code for caps, gowns and hoods designed to show not only the various degrees but the sources of the degrees as well. The commission offered its code to all institutions of higher learning and it was soon adopted.
The cap, originally round, is now a square mortarboard and is the same for all degrees. Gowns and hoods, however, are markedly different for the respective degrees. The hood not only varies in length and design for the various degrees, but the color of the velvet binding or edging of the hood indicate the degree it represents. However, the velvet binding for PhD graduates is royal blue and for EdD graduates, it is powder blue. Otherwise, the colors provided below apply.
|Salmon||Masters of Public Health|
|Sage Green||Physical Education|
|White||Arts, Letter, Humanities|
|Peacock Blue||Public Administration|
The hood not only indicates the type of degree but is lined with the official color or colors of the university conferring the degree, this to be charged with a chevron or chevrons when the institution uses more than one color. For example, the official University of New Mexico colors are cherry and silver, so the hood is lined with silver gray with a chevron of cherry red. In the case of today's candidates for Bachelor's degrees, hoods are not worn, but the color of the cap tassel serves the same purpose in identifying the wearer's degree.
|Anderson Schools of Management||Dusk|
|Bachelor of Arts||White|
|Bachelor of Science||Gold Yellow|
|Bachelor of Arts or Science (Education)||Light Blue|
|Bachelor of Science in Health & PE||Sage Green|
|Bachelor of Arts in Recreation||Sage Green|
|Bachelor of Fine Arts||Brown|
|Bachelor of Music||Pink|
|College of Nursing||Apricot|
|College of Pharmacy||Olive|
|School of Architecture & Planning||Blue Violet|
|School of Engineering||Orange|
|University Libraries and Learning Sciences||Lemon Yellow|
|Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology||Green|
|Bachelor of University Studies||Silver|
Candidates for master's degrees wear hoods and have black cap tassels. Doctoral degree candidates also wear their hoods and have gold cap tassels. Honors graduates are identified by a silver and cherry honor cords worn over the academic robe.