The origins of academic regalia date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form. The first gowns were patterned after the dress of the cleric and were believed to be a necessity for warmth in unheated buildings. Hoods were designed to serve as cover for the tonsured head. Caps were not used at that time. It wasn’t until late 19th century that colors were assigned to signify degrees. The color used should be indicative of the subject to which the degree pertains. For example, the velvet for the degree of Master of Science in Education should be light blue, representing education, rather than gold, representing science. No academic hood should ever represent more than a single degree. 

In case of the Ph.D. degree, the dark blue color is used to represent the mastery of the discipline of learning and scholarship in any field that is attested to be the awarding of this degree and is not intended to represent the field of philosophy.  

For all academic purposes, the colors associated with the different disciplines are as follows:

Accountancy…………………………………………………………………Drab

Arts…………………………………………………………………………….White

Auditory…………………………………………………………….Rhodes Blue

Biochemistry…………………………………………………………………Gold

Business Administration………………………………………………..Drab

Chiropractic………………………………………………………………….Grey

Commerce…………………………………………………………………….Drab

Communication……………………………………………………….Crimson

Counseling & Guidance………………………………………………Lt Blue

Dentistry………………………………………………………………………Lilac

Divinity……………………………………………………………………..Scarlet

Economics…………………………………………………………………Copper

Education…………………………………………………………………..Lt Blue

Engineering……………………………………………………………….Orange

English………………………………………………………………………..White

Fine Arts…………………………………………………………………….Brown

History………………………………………………………………………..White

Humanities………………………………………………………………….White 

Journalism……………………………………………………………….Crimson

Law……………………………………………………………………………Purple

Letters…………………………………………………………………………White

Library Science…………………………………………………………..Lemon

Medicine………………………………………………………….Hunter Green

Music……………………………………………………………………………Pink

Nursing…………………………………………………………………….Apricot

Optometry……………………………………………………………….Seafoam

Pharmacy……………………………………………………………Olive Green

Philosophy…………………………………………………………….Ph.D. Blue

Physical Therapy…………………………………………………………….Teal

Public Administration………………………………………..Peacock Blue

Public Health……………………………………………………………..Salmon

Physics……………………………………………………………………Brt Gold

Science……………………………………………………………………Brt Gold

Social Work………………………………………………………………..Citron

Speech…………………………………………………………………………Silver

Theology…………………………………………………………………….Scarlet

Veterinary Science…………………………………………………………Grey