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Commencement Regalia

The following regalia are awarded to graduates by their academic program, honor societies, activities and others, based on membership and/or achievement. Please contact the respective office or organization to inquire about any of these items. Email or call 978.542.GRAD (4723) with general questions.


Cord Contact
Red: honors (summa cum laude): awarded to undergraduates at
commencement ceremony check-in only
Registrar's Office
White: honors (magna cum laude): awarded to undergraduates at
commencement ceremony check-in only
Registrar's Office
Gold: honors (cum laude): awarded to undergraduates at
commencement ceremony check-in only
Registrar's Office
Green: philanthropy, donating to the class gift Institutional Advancement
Rainbow: pride Center for Justice and Liberation
Deep purple: Summer Bridge Academy Center for Academic Excellence
Blue and orange: Residence Life staff Residence Life
Red, black and white: TRIO TRIO Support Services
Kelly green and blue: O TEAM/Moving Forward, Giving Back Day of Service First Year Experience
Silver: first generation student First Year Experience
Orange: Viking Strong (pandemic resilience) Academic Affairs
Drab: Bertolon School of Business master's candidate Registrar's Office
Light blue: Education master's candidate Registrar's Office
White: College of Arts and Sciences master's candidate

Registrar's Office

Citron: Maguire Meservey College of Health and Human Services master's candidate Registrar's Office
Multi-colored: departmental honors Interdisciplinary Studies



SGA: blue with orange SGA logo Campus Life and Recreation
Student athletes: orange Athletics
Veterans: white with red and blue trim Veterans' Affairs
International student or study abroad: light blue Center for International Education

ALANA: Asian, Latinx, African-American, Native American students

- Latinx: red/blue/white
- Native American: yellow/red/green
- Multicultural: blue/green/red
- Black/African-American: black/red/green
- Asian, Pacific Islander, Asian-American: blue/gold/white

Center for Justice and Liberation

Honor Societies

Organization Department Advisor Item
Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Sara Moore Teal cord
Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Experience Mathew Chetnik Red and gold cords
Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Joseph Gustafson

Gold stole with blue lettering;
blue and gold cord and medallion

Honors Program Honors Scott Nowka

Gold stole with the word “honor” embroidered on one side; a bronze medallion that says “Commonwealth Honors Scholar” with a blue and orange lanyard; (for some) a bronze medallion indicating a high GPA with a blue and orange lanyard

Lambda Pi Eta Media and Communication Cindy Vincent Gold cord, red stole (for sale)
Phi Epsilon Kappa Sport and Movement Science Jennifer El-Sherif Black and gold cords
Phi Sigma Iota World Languages and Cultures Kristine Doll/Anna Rocca

Pins and certificates awarded; students can purchase cords and sashes from Phi Sigma website (white and purple)

Pi Mu Epsilon Math Kathi Crow Gold and purple cord
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Nancy Ebersole Purple cord
Sigma Tau Delta English Scott Nowka Black and red cord 
Phi Alpha Social Work Jeff Driskell Citron cord
UPE Computer Science Bo Hatfield Emblems
National Student Leadership Society Campus Life and Recreation Campus Life and Recreation Available through NSLS website if students wish to order
Chi Alpha Sigma Athletics Nicolle Wood Black lanyard and gold medallion

Regalia from the Bookstore (hoods, cords, tassels)

Colored Hoods Worn by Masters’ Candidates Designate Degree Received

Apricot – Master of Science in Nursing

Blue – Master of Education

Citron – Master of Social Work

Drab – Master of Business Administration

Gold – Master of Science

Teal – Master of Science, Occupational Therapy

White – Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching

Braided Cords Worn by Masters’ Candidates Designate Graduates’ College/School

White – College of Arts and Sciences

Citron – Maguire Meservey College of Health and Human Services

Drab – Bertolon School of Business

Blue – School of Education

Colored Tassels on Graduates’ Caps Designate Degree Received

Apricot – Nursing

Blue and Green – Geography

Brown – Dance

Brown and Orange – Liberal Studies

Citron – Social Work

Copper – Economics

Dark Blue – Social Science (Criminal Justice, Fire Science, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)

Drab – Business Administration

Golden Yellow – Science (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geological Science, Mathematics)

Light Blue – Education

Orange – Cartography and Geographic Information Systems

Pink – Music

Sage Green – Athletic Training, Healthcare Studies, and Sport and Movement Science

Sliver Grey – Theatre Arts

Teal – Occupational Health Studies

White – Art, Communications, English, Spanish, and World Languages and Cultures