Academic Degree Colors

The satin lining of the hood represents academic institution attended; the school colors for the University of Bridgeport are purple and white. Tassels on caps are worn on the right and are moved to the left when degrees are conferred.

Different academic degree colors and trim width on academic hoods are listed below:

DegreeHood ColorTrim Width
Associate of Arts (A.A.)N/AN/A
Associate of Science (A.S.)N/AN/A
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Yellow2"
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)Apricot2"
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)White2"
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)Dark Brown2"
Bachelor of Music (B.M.)Pink2"
Master of Science (M.S.)Yellow3"
Master of Science (M.S.) Dental HygieneLilac3"
Master of Science (M.S.Ac.) AcupunctureGreen3"
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)Brown3"
Master of Science (M.S.) EducationLight Blue3"
Master of Arts (M.A.) – EAPRS –Dark Blue3"
Master of Arts (M.A.) – GMCS –Crimson Red3"
Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.)Dove Gray5"
Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.)Light Blue5"
Sixth Year EducationLight Blue3"
Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.)Green5"
Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.)Royal Blue5"

In the 12th and 13th centuries, universities—as we know them today—were being established. Because universities were established solely under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church, students were Clerks in Holy Orders, monks or priests. They wore habits or cloaks, to which was attached a cowl or a hood, which could be pulled up or down according to the weather. Gowns were necessary for warmth in unheated buildings and hoods served to cover tonsured heads before the use of a skullcap.

Today the cap, gown and hood have assumed symbolic meaning, with the colors and shapes conforming to an academic code indicating the faculty conferring the degree and the type of degree conferred.

Gowns for the bachelor’s degree are worn closed and are distinguished by their long pointed sleeves.

Gowns for the master’s degree are designed to be worn open. The sleeve on this gown is very long and oblong in shape, with an arc cut from the bottom front.

Gowns for the doctor’s degree are also designed to be worn open, but have velvet panels and three horizontal velvet bars stitched to the full, round, bell-shaped sleeves.

The size and shape of the hood marks the college degree and the university conferring the degree. It is bordered with a slim strip of velvet to indicate the specific faculty awarding the degree. The colored lining of the inside of the hood is the official color of the institution conferring the degree. Holders of foreign degrees may wear gowns and hoods of the national colors.

President’s Medallion

The President’s Medallion with its supporting chain, symbolic of the authority of the president’s office, is a gift of the Class of 1967.

Designed and crafted by Margaret Seeler of Weston, Connecticut, goldsmith, silversmith, and enameller, the Medallion is executed in sterling silver, gold and enamel and bears the inscription “The President of the University of Bridgeport.”

An enamel shield is implanted in the Medallion with the design worked in fi e gold wire and enamel fi ed at 1700 degrees. The design includes a representation of the Greek lamp thought to date back to the fifth century B.C. and presented to the University of Bridgeport by the Greek government. The lamp forms the basis for the University seal.

Laurel leaves, representing the state flower, and the wisteria vine, symbolic of the University, have been crafted into the shield designs on the Medallion. An amethyst in the University’s color of purple separates the Medallion from the link chain which drapes over the president’s shoulders. Shields crafted in fine gold, symbolic of the colleges within the University, are inserted in the chain.

The Medallion is worn at all formal academic programs of the University. It is handed down, in turn, to succeeding presidents.

The Mace

The Mace is carried in the procession immediately preceding the President both entering and leaving the ceremony. It and the bearer represent a custom that derives from medieval times in England when an official was taking office or opening court and needed a bodyguard. The mace, a formidable weapon, was held ready to protect the person of the dignitary. From the sixteenth century in England and since colonial days in America, it has become a symbol of office carried by a distinguished member of the procession.

The UB Mace was specially crafted by Jack Kiselstein of J. Albert Johnson Jewelers of Fairfield and given as a gift to the University by the Class of 1964. It is made of sterling silver with eighteen oval amethyst stones set around the upper portion and a large circular amethyst stone set at the highest point.

Flags of Many Nations

The flags on the stage are symbolic of the 70 nations representing our current international student body.


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