Tradition

Inauguration Ceremonies at Simpson College

Academic Attire

Those who hold degrees, including college officials, faculty and visiting dignitaries, are attired in traditional cap and gown. The basic color for most caps and gowns is formal black, except for those of the associate degree candidates, who wear gray caps and gowns. Recipients of different degrees wear distinctive tassels on their caps and hoods of various hues draped down the backs of the gowns. The exception is those who hold the doctoral degree in any area wear gold tassels. The list of tassel colors for the bachelor’s and master’s mortar boards follows:

Agriculture – Maize

Arts, Letters, Humanities – White

Business – Drab

Dentistry – Lilac

Economics – Copper

Education – Light Blue

Engineering – Orange

Fine Arts – Brown

Forestry – Russet

Health, Physical Education and Recreation – Sage Green

Home Economics – Maroon

Journalism – Crimson

Law – Purple

Liberal Arts (undesignated degree area) – Black

Library and Information Service – Lemon Yellow

Medicine – Kelly Green

Music – Pink

Nursing – Apricot

Oratory (Speech) – Silver Gray

Pharmacy – Olive Green

Philosophy – Dark Blue

Public and Environmental Affairs – Peacock Blue

Science – Golden Yellow

Social Work – Citron

Theology (Religion) – Scarlet

Veterinary Science – Gray