At Graduation Cap and Gowns .com, we specialize academic regalia and doctoral regaliafor faculty members, such as doctoral gowns, doctoral hoods and doctoral tams.
Doctoral gowns are available in deluxe quality, semi custom, completely custom made, standard faculty quality, and souvenir quality.
Our most popular IN STOCK doctoral robes are our deluxe doctoral gown and
deluxe PhD gown.
Modelled after our made-to-measure gowns, our deluxe doctoral gowns give you you custom quality for an off the rack price.
The deluxe doctoral gown is available in stock with black velvet (as shown above) or with PhD blue velvet as shown below.
|Deluxe PhD Gown - Front View
Deluxe PhD Gown & Hood- Rear View
We can also customize this gown by adding piping to it, or by changing the velvet color or the fabric color.
This way, you get a truly custom look, for the fraction of the cost of a completely made-to-measure doctoral gown:
The cost of customizing your deluxe doctoral gown is as follows:
add piping $75.00; change fabric $75.00; change velvet $30.00
Deluxe doctoral gown with black velvet and gold piping - Normally In Stock @ $365.00
Deluxe Ph.D. - doctoral gown with Royal velvet and gold piping - Normally In Stock @ $365.00
Please allow +/- 8 weeks for all semi-custom gowns (that is, deluxe gowns with fabric or velvet changes, or piping added). If you have any questions about custom regalia, please contact our office
Want to see what a customized gown would look like. Try our gown maker and design your own doctoral gown on line!
Our "standard faculty doctoral gowns" are available for $175.00
Like our $290.00 deluxe doctoral gowns, the faculty gowns are also normally kept in stock.
Faculty quality doctoral gown with black velvet
However these gowns are only available with black velvet, and the sleeves on these gowns are open "choir style", rather than the full bell sleeve of the deluxe gown.
We also carry a student doctors graduation gown, styled similar to the above faculty gwon, but souvenir quality, not intended for years of use by faculty members.
The cost of the student doctoral gown is $80.00
We recomommend the deluxe hood (with or without piping) for the deluxe and faculty quality doctoral gowns. We recommend the economy doctors hood for the souvenir gown.
Deluxe PhD hood / Deluxe PhD gown
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 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 academic 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 doctoral gown with black velvet and light blue piping added
Deluxe EdD hood with light blue velvet with light blue piping
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 academic 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.
Piping is often added to customized doctoral hoods to match doctoral gowns with piping.
Deluxe doctoral hood with white velvet with gold piping
Deluxe doctoral gown with white velvet and gold piping added
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 for your academic cap.
8 sided black velvet doctoral tam with gold bullion tassel
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.
Most faculty members 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.
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.