Academic Regalia

 

Graduation regalia includes the cap and gown, as well as other distinguishing hoods, stoles and cords that denote traditions of academic achievement or involvement in a student organization. Only those who have achieved a University academic honor or have their regalia request approved are entitled to wear special regalia.

Student organizations or Institute-approved programs must seek approval to issue adornments to the academic regalia for their student members participants. All adornments (stoles, ribbons, sashes, etc.) must be approved by the Office of Academic Affairs at least 30 days prior to the graduation ceremony. Regalia request will be reviewed upon submissions of an Academic Regalia Adornment Approval Form. Approved adornments for the University Ceremony (currently held at the end of Summer Terms) can be found below. The adornment list below is only for the University ceremony, and does not indicate approval for college commencement ceremonies. 

University Issued Adornment

The University Medal is awarded to the undergraduate student (or students) graduating with the GPA of 4.0 or higher, provided that the student (or students) earn all A-level grades and more than 50 percent of the credits required for the degree has been earned at LSU A&M. In semesters where no student qualifies based on the above criteria, no medal will be awarded. Grade-point averages will be computed for (1) all work completed and (2) all work completed at LSU A&M with the lower of the two averages determining eligibility for the medal. Course grades that were excluded previously through the Grade Exclusion Policy will be included in determining the University Medalists. All grades will be used to determine medalists.

Information on eligibility can be found in the LSU Catalog.

Gold University medal on a purple and gold string.

Undergraduate degree candidates who will graduate with Latin Honors wear cords.  Purple and gold cords are worn by degree candidates who graduate with Latin Honors. White cords are worn by undergraduate degree candidates who graduate with Upper Division Honors.  Purple, gold, and white cords, or any combination of the three colors, are not authorized to be worn by any other graduates.

Summa Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude Upper Division Honors

Degrees are awarded summa cum laude to students whose grade point averages is at least 3.90. Additional information on eligibility can be found in the LSU Catalog.

Summa Cum Laude graduates wear a purple and a gold cord.

Degrees are awarded magna cum laude to students whose grade point averages  is at least 3.80. Additional information on eligibility can be found in the LSU Catalog.

Magna Cum Laude graduates wear two gold cords.

Degrees are awarded magna cum laude to students whose grade point averages  is at least 3.70. Additional information on eligibility can be found in the LSU Catalog.

Cum Laude graduates wear two purple cord.

Upper Division Honors Distinction is an achievement within the Ogden Honors College curriculum. Information on eligibility can be found through the Ogden Honors College

Upper Division Honors graduates wear a white cord.

Purple and gold honor cords. Gold Honor Cords. Purple honor cords. White honor cords.

 

Undergraduate degree candidates graduating with College Honors wear the undergraduate hood.  Hoods are not authorized to be worn by other undergraduate degree candidates. College Honors is the culmination of the Ogden Honors curriculum. Information on eligibility can be found through the Ogden Honors College.

Master’s degree candidates wear the traditional black gown with full-length square sleeves that have a crescent-shaped piece hanging from each sleeve. They also wear a master’s hood that is lined in purple and gold and is distinguished on the outside by the color of their degree program. The color of each hood by college and degree can be found below.

All Master of Science degrees awarded by the College of Agriculture wear a Maize colored hood.

Degree Hood Color
Master of Architecture Blue Violet
Master of Art in Art History White
Master of Fine Arts Brown
Master of Landscape Architecture  Blue Violet 

Degree Hood Color
Master of Accountancy Drab
Master of Business Administration Drab
Master of Science in Financial Economics Drab
Master of Science in Analytics Drab
Master of Public Administration Peacock
Master of Science in Finance  Drab

All Master of Science degrees awarded by the College of the Coast and Environment wear a Gold colored hood.

All Master of Science degrees awarded by the College of Engineering wear an Orange colored hood.

Degree Hood Color
Master of Arts - Education Light Blue
Master of Arts in Teaching  Light Blue
Master of Education Light Blue
Master of Science - Athletic Training Gold
Master of Science - Kinesiology Sage
Master of Science - Leadership & Human Resource Development Peacock
Master of Social Work Citron
Master of Library Information Science Lemon
Master of Science - Sport Management Gold
Master of Science - Child and Family Studies Gold

Degree Hood Color
Master of Art - Communication Science and Disorders Silver
Master of Art - Communication Studies White
Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing Brown
Master of Art - Creative Writing  White
Master of Art - Hispanic Studies White
Master of Art - French Studies White
Master of Art - Geography White
Master of Art - Anthropology White
Master of Art - History White
Master of Art - Liberal Arts White
Master of Art - Philosophy White
Master of Art - Political Science White
Master of Art - Psychology White
Master of Art - Sociology White

All Master of Mass Communication degrees awarded by the Manship School of Mass Communication wear a Crimson colored hood.

Degree Hood Color
Master of Music Pink
Master of Fine Arts Brown 

All Master of Science degrees awarded by the College of Science wear a Gold colored hood.

All Master of Science degrees awarded by the School of Veterinary Science wear a Gold colored hood.

Degree Hood Color
Master of Art - Higher Education Light Blue
Master of Science - Analytics Drab
Master of Business Administration Drab
Master of Science - Civil Engineering  Orange
Master of Science - Construction Management  Orange
Master of Art - Education Light Blue
Master of Art - Educational Leadership Light Blue
Master of Science - Environmental Sciences  Gold 
Master of Science - Industrial Engineering Orange
Master of Science - Kinesiology  Sage
Master of Science - Leadership & Human Resource Development Peacock
Master of Art - Liberal Arts White
Master of Library Information Science Lemon
Master of Public Administration Peacock
Master of Social Work Citron
Master of Science - Sport Management  Gold

Doctoral candidates wear customized purple regalia with full rounded sleeves, velvet facings featuring the LSU seal, and purple bars on the sleeves. Doctoral candidates wear a six-pointed tam. Hoods are lined in purple and gold, and each degree is distinguished by different color trim. The trim color by degree is listed below. 

Degree Hood Color
Doctor of Philosophy Blue
Doctor of Design White
Doctor of Musical Arts Pink

Approved Regalia

LSU varsity student-athletes graduates wear a white stole that recognizes their status as a student-athlete. Information on these graduates can be found through LSU Athletics.

White athletic stoles on a table celebrating student athletes.

The LSU Distinguished Communicator program is for self-motivated LSU undergraduates who want to refine their communication skills and excel in their chosen professions. Students who successfully achieve this unique distinction are recognized with a medal at graduation and receive a permanent commendation on their official transcripts, giving them significant leverage in today’s job market. Upon completion of the program, these students possess the competitive skills and knowledge needed for 21st-century leadership.

Information on the program and the requirements can be found through Communication Across Curriculum.

Gold medal with purple and gold necklace.

The LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher designation recognizes the achievements of outstanding LSU undergraduates who participate in a track of educational and research activities leading to a final and public presentation or publication of a faculty-mentored undergraduate scholarly project. An LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher is a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability as an advanced student researcher in their discipline. Distinguished Researchers will be honored at a special medal ceremony in their graduating semester and the designation will be noted on their transcripts.

Information on this program and the requirements for this award are found at the Discover Undergraduate Research Program

Distinguished undergraduate researcher medal laid on table.

The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL), in conjunction with LSU Campus Life , has established the Engaged Citizen Program, which seeks to support and recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate students who engage significantly with their communities to address critical community needs. For graduation, Engaged Citizens receive a medal and certificate during a celebration ceremony held on campus the week of your college’s graduation. They will also have the distinction on your college transcript—an accolade to add on applications and resumes that proves you used your knowledge and skills to serve others as an Engaged Citizen.

Information on the Engaged Citizen Program can be found through CCELL.

Gold medal with a tree for Engaged Citizens.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosts a Multicultural Graduation Celebration to celebrate the achievements and honor the intersectionality of students graduating from LSU who identify as Latinx/Hispanic/Latin American, Native American, and Asian/Asian American & Pacific Islander.  The graduation stoles are custom made and feature patterns and colors woven into the stoles to represent distinctive qualities exemplified by Louisiana State University graduates.  Students may choose who they wish to present their cord and this event is open to the public. Information on this ceremony and ordering the stoles can be found through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Three stoles approved for the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The graduation stole, "Kente Cloth" presented to LSU graduates by the African American Cultural Center is custom made and woven in Ghana, West Africa. The patterns and colors woven into the Kente cloth represent distinctive qualities exemplified by Louisiana State University graduates. The colors not only represent the tradition of our great University but also the culture, royalty, and precious metals from our rich heritage. Information on the robing ceremony can be provided by the African American Cultural Center.

Purple kente stole featuring LSU.

Commissioning officers who have completed ROTC are eligible to wear the prescribed dress uniform. Information on commissioning ceremonies can be found through each branch: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, and Naval ROTC.

Four ROTC cadets are recognized at a LSU commencement ceremony.

Participation in the LSU Tiger Marching Band program reflects an above-and-beyond commitment to Louisiana State University and the State of Louisiana; students in the program honor the musical traditions of the Old War Skule and simultaneously serve as contemporary goodwill ambassadors on national and international stages. For graduating seniors with multiple years of service in the organization, the LSU Department of Bands offers this regalia in recognition of their distinctive contributions to our institution and state.

This recognition is represented through a satin fabric stole in gold, with "The Golden Band From Tigerland" mark on one side, representing the modern organization, and the classic LSU diamond iconography on the other, paying tribute to the band's historic pedigree.

Gold stole featuring Tiger Band name and LSU.

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