Coppins graduates dress in the traditional commencement regalia. In the 13th century, many of the academic scholars, whether teacher or student, wore the woolen robes to keep warm because the classrooms were in drafty stone buildings. The hood was added by many of the ancient scholars to provide warmth around their necks and heads. In 1895 representatives of leading United States higher education institutions met and adopted a code of academic dress, which specified the cut and style of the gowns and the colors of the degrees. Today academic gowns are worn in recognition of the rich history of higher education and educators. It is a worthy tradition that adds grandeur to the ceremony. Academic gowns are generally worn on special academic occasions such as convocations, commencements and presidential inaugurations.
The Bachelors Degree Gown is black, has pointed sleeves, and is worn closed. The gown is untrimmed.
The Masters Degree Gown is black, has oblong sleeves, and is open at the wrist. The rear part of the oblong shape is square cut and the front part has an arc cut away. The gown may be worn open or closed. The gown is untrimmed.
The Doctors Degree Gown has bell-shaped full sleeves. The front of the gown has black velvet and three bars of black velvet are on the sleeves. (Some gowns may have the velvet in the color of the degree/discipline)
Hoods vary in length according to the degree. Bachelors hoods are three feet, masters are three and one-half feet, and the doctors degree is four feet. The lining of the hood is the official colors of the university, which are blue and gold. The trimming of the hood is usually velvet or velveteen. The color of the velvet indicates the degree. At Coppin the following hoods are used:
|White||Bachelor of Arts|
|Golden Yellow||Bachelor of Science|
|Golden Yellow||Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts|
|White||Master of Arts in Teaching|
|Light Blue||Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction|
|Light Blue||Master of Education in Special Education|
|Light Blue||Master of Education in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling|
|Golden Yellow||Master of Science in Adult Education|
|Golden Yellow||Master of Science in Criminal Justice|
|Golden Yellow||Master of Science in Human Services Administration|
|Apricot||Master of Science in Nursing|
The Mortarboard is generally worn by Coppins graduates. The mortarboard is black with a long black tassel. Undergraduate students wear their tassels to the right side, and when the degree is conferred, the tassel is moved to the left side.
Other Apparel worn by Coppins graduates, such as dresses, suits, skirts, slacks, pants, and shoes should be of dark colors (i.e., black, navy, deep brown). Men should wear white dress shirts. Graduates are requested not to wear tennis or other athletic shoes.
Caps, gowns and hoods will be available for purchase at the campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Gowns are sized by height. Fuller cut gowns are available. Caps are one size fit all. For more information, please contact the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 410-951-1222.
Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express are accepted for all purchases. Personal checks for merchandise are accepted with a valid driver's license or Coppin State University identification card.