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Nows your chance to see what your custom doctoral gown or PhD gown will look like before ordering in 5 easy steps:


  1. To use, first choose your gown fabric, from the drop down menu. Or leave 'as is' for standard black deluxe Pilgrim cloth.
  2. Next, choose your degree for the velvet color for your hood. Note that the correct color for all Ph.D. degrees is PhD blue, regardless of specialty or discipline.
  3. If you want the same color velvet (as your hood) used on your gown, leave the next check box checked. If you want a different color velvet for the front of your gown, uncheck, and select the velvet for 'Front Panel of Gown'.
  4. If you want the same velvet on your sleeves, leave the next box checked. Otherwise uncheck and select a different sleeve velvet color. Note: most people keep this box checked, as normally people use the same color velvet on their sleeves as on the front of their gown.
  5. Finally select your piping color. Most people use gold, but silver and light blue are also available.




GownGown Fabric ColorHood / Degree VelvetGown Velvet for Front Panels of GownGown Sleeve velvetPiping

Price for customized gown is $290 plus which ever options you selected above

custom options prices are as follows:

Fabric color change: $75.00 (any Pilgrim cloth other than black)
Fabric change to Regis / Majesty crepe (any color including black) $125.00
Fabric change to Super 100's Tropical Wool (black only) $240.00
Velvet change $30.00 (other than PhD blue velvet or black velvet)
Piping $75.00

The academic hood is comprised of a fabric shell (usually black), "degree velvet" and "school lining".

The velvet of the doctoral hood represents your degree.


For a PhD hood, the correct degree velvet is rich royal blue, or PhD blue.


For other doctorates (non PhD) or degrees, the hood velvet colors are listed below:


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



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 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!



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Deluxe quality PhD hood / Doctoral hood


Notwithstanding the discipline velvet colors listed on the top paragraph, the correct velvet color for a PhD hood is dark blue, representing the mastery of the discipline of scholarship attested to by the awarding of the Ph.D., regardless of the field or discipline of the PhD.

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 graduation hoods to 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 academic gown or hood.






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


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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

To "top it off" you have the choice of a doctoral tam, or a mortarboard.



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Although not required, most faculty members who have doctorates purchase doctoral tams, in place of mortarboards, to differentiate themselves from students and non-doctors.

Doctoral tams are available in your choice of four, six, or eight corners and in your choice of either a gold silky or gold metallic jumbo doctoral tassels, or with plain tassels.

We keep doctoraltams in stock in traditional black velvet, and can also make them in your choice of colors such as Red or Blue.



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Most professors choose six or eight sided tams.

Extremely tall and skinny people may do better with the 8 corner tam since it tends to look more round, and help "fill a person out", while short stocky people may do better with a 4 corner model, since it is sharper and thus makes the person look "less round".

The cost of the four - six - or eight sided tams are $92.00 with the bullion tassel or $78.50 with the silky tassel

If purchasing without a gown, the price of the four and six sided tam is the same, but the eight sided tam is $20.00 extra.


Tams in blue or red or other velvet colors other than black are $20.00 extra.




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When ordering your doctoral tam, be sure to indicate your hat size or your head size.

Using a tape, measure the circumference of your head about an inch over your eyebrow. the size should be in the neighborhood of 22 to 23 1/2 inches. It should be snug but not too tight.

Round size to nearest quarter inch. If you are between sizes, err to the larger quarter inch.

A cap size would be something like 6 7/8, 7 1/4, 7 3/8, etc.








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