Commencement regalia holds great significance as it symbolizes the academic achievements and accomplishments of our esteemed graduates. The regalia consists of traditional caps and gowns, with varying colors and styles representing different degree levels and academic disciplines. Our graduates proudly wear this attire during the commencement ceremony to mark the milestone of their educational journey.
The cap, also known as the mortarboard, signifies the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Its tassel, usually in a color representing the graduate's field of study, is shifted from one side to the other during the ceremony to symbolize the transition from candidate to graduate.
The gown, with its elegant design, embodies the unity and pride of the University of Kentucky community. Its distinctive elements signify the shared sense of purpose and achievement among our diverse student body.
In addition to caps and gowns, commencement regalia at the University of Kentucky includes the distinguished academic hoods for Masters and Doctoral graduates. Hoods are an integral part of the regalia, and they carry deep symbolism, reflecting the graduate's degree, field of study, and institution. The hoods are adorned with specific colors and patterns that signify the academic achievement and specialization of the graduate. The length and lining of the hoods also hold significance, representing the level of the degree earned by the individual. During the commencement ceremony, graduates proudly don these hoods, signifying their mastery of knowledge and expertise in their chosen fields.
As you prepare for your commencement ceremony, make sure to order your regalia well in advance, ensuring that you have the right colors and correct attire for your specific degree. Wearing this timeless academic tradition brings a sense of honor and connection to the long line of graduates who have walked before you. We congratulate you on your remarkable accomplishments and look forward to celebrating your success at the upcoming commencement ceremony. Go Wildcats!