KSU Commencement



Academic Regalia

The caps and gowns worn at commencement connect contemporary graduates with scholarly tradition that dates back as long as universities have existed. Clerics, ecclesiastics, and scholars wore hoods or caps and heavy gowns at European universities during the Middle Ages. Beginning in the middle of the fourteenth century, scholars wore an academic costume of "bunge and sand-colored habits." A costume for commencement has been a tradition since the beginning of higher education in America.

In 1895, the Intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume was created, and a standard code of academic dress for commencements was adopted. It calls for the existing cap and gown (the traditional bachelor's gown with long, open, pointed sleeves) and the master's gown (with its long sleeves hanging down from the elbow) to set apart the graduates at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Degree Colors

Maize: Agriculture
White: Art, Letters, and Humanities
Drab: Business Administration
Red and Gold: Chemistry
Lilac: Dentistry
Copper: Economics
Light Blue: Education
Orange: Engineering
Brown: Fine Arts, Architecture
Russet: Forestry
Maroon: Home Economics
Crimson: Journalism
Purple: Law
Lemon: Library Science
Green: Medicine
Pink: Music
Apricot: Nursing
Silver Gray: Oratory
Olive Green: Pharmacy
Dark Blue: Philosophy
Sage Green: Physical Education
Peacock Blue: Public Administration
Salmon Pink: Public Health
Gold Yellow: Science
Citron: Social Science
Scarlet: Theology or Divinity
Gray: Veterinary Science