Master's degree gowns traditionally are black, as are many doctoral gowns in the United States. Gowns differ in sleeve cut and trim. For example, the master's gown has oblong sleeves and the doctoral gowns have bell-shaped sleeves and velvet panels down the front and around the neck, as well as crossbars of velvet on the sleeves. Colored trim denoted the field or discipline in which the degree was earned. If more than one degree is held, the gown and hood of the higher degree usually are worn.
The hood most precisely describes the wearer's level of degree earned, the major field of learning and the alma mater. The level of the degree held is indicated by the hood's shape, size, and width of its velvet trimming. The hood is lined with the official colors of the college or university conferring the degree.
Colors are approximate representations of actual colors.
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Mingled colors distinguish combined curriculums.