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Academic Dress


Hoods are in accordance with the shape specified by the North American Intercollegiate Code for Bachelors', Masters', and Doctors' degrees. Faculty colours or colours of a specific discipline are:

Faculty of Communication and Culture - scarlet*

BA - white

BCS - silver grey

BCC - scarlet

BSc - golden yellow

Faculty of Education - light blue

BEd - light blue

DipEd - light blue

Faculty of Environmental Design - russet

MArch - russet

MEDes - russet

Faculty of Fine Arts - brown*

BA - white

BFA - brown

BMus - pink

DipFA - pink

Faculty of Graduate Studies - philosophy blue*

LLM - purple

MA - white

MBA - sapphire blue

MBT - golden yellow

MC - light blue

MCE - light green

MCM - golden yellow

MCS - silver grey

MEc - white

MEd - light blue

MEng & MSc in Eng - orange

MFA - brown

MGIS - golden yellow

MKin - sage green

MMus - pink

MN - apricot

MPM - orange

MSc - golden yellow

MSS - white

MSW - citron yellow

EdD - light blue

PhD - philosophy blue

BDipl - colour of discipline

MDipl - colour of discipline

Haskayne School of Business - sapphire blue

BAccS - sapphire blue

BComm - sapphire blue

BHRM - sapphire blue

Faculty of Humanities - white

Faculty of Kinesiology - sage green

BKin - sage green

BSc - golden yellow

Faculty of Law - purple

Faculty of Medicine

BCR - dark green

BHSc - dark green

MD - dark green

Faculty of Nursing - apricot

Schulich School of Engineering - orange

BSc in Eng - orange

DipSc - orange

DipSH - orange

Faculty of Science - golden yellow*

BA - white

BSc - golden yellow

Faculty of Social Sciences - copper*

BA - white

BSc - golden yellow

Faculty of Social Work - citron yellow

*The scarf colour of the dean of the faculty differs from hood colours for specific degrees.

1. For the Bachelors' and Masters' degrees, the University of Calgary uses a black hood lined with the University colours, gold with red chevron, and trimmed with the colour indicating the subject of the degree, in a silk-like material. Those persons receiving Diplomas wear the bachelor's hood of the faculty offering the Diploma.

2. For the PhD hood, the body is doctors' scarlet, with a lining of gold and a chevron of scarlet with a three-inch trim at the edge (inside and out) of philosophy blue. The EdD hood conforms to the Intercollegiate Code in shape, size and colour. The trim colour is Education light blue.

3. For Honorary Doctorates of the University of Calgary (LLD) the hoods have a body in gold, lined in doctors' scarlet with a gold chevron. The trim is a one-inch band of white silk edged with a three-inch band of scarlet velvet, the configuration follows that of the PhD hood.

4. The honorary degree Doctor of the University of Calgary (DUC) has been awarded previously. The hood is similar to the LLD hood without the white band.


1. The headwear for Bachelors' and Masters' is the black mortarboard or trencher-type hat.

2. For Doctors', the headwear is a black velvet John Knox cap or birretum.


1. Bachelors' and Masters' gowns follow the black gown specified by the North American Intercollegiate Code.

2. Doctorate gowns (PhD) are doctors' scarlet in colour with a gold yoke. The silk trim on the sleeves and front panels is of blue silk. Doctorate gowns (EdD) conform to the Intercollegiate Code in design. The normal gown for the EdD is the black gown with light blue bars on the arm.

3. Honorary Doctorate gowns are gold with a red velvet yoke. Trim on inside and outside of sleeves and the front panels is red velvet.

Deans' and Vice-Presidents' Scarves

The academic deans have scarves in the appropriate faculty colour with an embroidered University coat-of-arms, approximately two and one half by three and one half inches, on the left side. The vice- presidents' scarves are of the scarlet used in the president's gown and trimmed around the edges with the same silver braid.