About Academic Regalia

Caps, Gowns, and Tassels

Graduates wear a gown and a cap, known as a mortarboard, with a tassel. Bachelor’s degree recipients wear black; associate degree and certificate recipients wear royal blue. A cap and gown are required for all graduates participating in the commencement ceremony. Order your cap, gown, and regalia.

mortarboard cap and tassel

Stoles and Cords

Stoles and cords are worn over the gown and signify membership in a specific group (such as international students, student leaders, or veterans), a specific honor (such as academic achievement or other honor society), a specific degree type (such as a Bachelor of Applied Science degree), or a specific program (Seattle Promise, Running Start, TRiO).

stole and cord

The accordions below list the stole and cord colors and their corresponding programs, honors, and degrees at Seattle Colleges.

Cord Colors and Designations

black, red  Black, Red  TRiO (Student Support Service, Talent Search, Upward Bound)
gold  Gold  Cumulative GPA of 3.8 and above (Central, North)
 Cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.99 (South)
gold  Gold  Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society (Hospitality)
red  Red  Running Start
red, navy blue  Red, Navy Blue  Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society 
red, white, blue  Red, White, Blue  United States Military Veterans 
turquoise  Turquoise  Seattle Promise
white  White  Cumulative GPA of 4.0 (South)

 

Stole Colors and Designations

drab or beige  Beige  Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting with International Accounting
drab or beige  Beige  Bachelor of Applied Science in International Business
drab or beige  Beige  Bachelor of Applied Science in Residential and Commercial
 Property Management
blue violet  Blue Violet  Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Building Science Technology 
brown  Brown  Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Management 
gold  Gold  Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 
light blue  Light Blue  Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Behavioral Science
light blue  Light Blue  Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
light blue  Light Blue  Bachelor of Applied Science in Professional Technical Education
 & Instructional Design
lilac  Lilac  Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health – Dental Hygiene
multicolor  Multicolor  Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
purple  Purple  Student Leadership
salmon  Salmon  Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health – Community Health and Education 
salmon  Salmon  Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health – Health Care Services Management
salmon  Salmon  Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health – Respiratory Care
science gold  Science Gold  Bachelor of Applied Science in Application Development
science gold  Science Gold  Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology Networking
while  White  International Students

Hoods

Faculty members and those who have completed master’s or doctoral degrees earn hoods. These hoods feature the colors of the faculty member's academic discipline as well as the colors of the universities that granted the degrees. Additionally, many of those with doctorates may have more elaborate caps and gowns.

hoods