With roots dating back to the 14th Century, academic regalia has a rich tradition. In 1895, academic institutions in the United States adopted a code of academic regalia, which has been revised from time to time. The regalia of institutions in other countries vary, and there is not a worldwide code, but the basic elements are present in all academic costumes.

Gowns

The associate gown is silver in color and features a traditional design. The bachelor’s gown is black and has a pointed sleeve. The master’s gown has an oblong sleeve open at the wrist (some older gowns may be open near the upper part of the arm.)  The doctoral gown has bell-shaped sleeves, full-length velvet panels on the front, and three velvet crossbars on each sleeve in black, blue, or the color distinctive to the degree. Gowns for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are dark blue, and gowns for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) are light blue.

Hoods

The hood, draped over the shoulder and down the back, indicates the subject to which the degree pertains and the university that conferred the degree. The level of the degree is indicated by the size of the hood. The velvet binding of the hood is the color designating the subject of the degree. The satin lining of the hood indicates the university conferring the degree.

Caps

In the United States, the mortar board is commonly used. The mortar board is black for those receiving a bachelor’s degree and silver for those receiving an associate degree. The tassel, fastened to the center of the cap, is normally worn in the left front quadrant of the cap after a degree is conferred. All undergraduates receiving degrees wear red tassels. Candidates for the Master of Business Administration wear drab tassels. Faculty tassels may be black, gold or the color appropriate to the subject of the degree. The tassel for the doctoral cap may be of gold thread.

Honors Stoles

Rogers State University and Cameron University honor graduates wear stoles according to the following criteria:

Honor GPA Stole Color
Summa Cum Laude 4.0 Blue
Magna Cum Laude 3.8 Red
Cum Laude 3.6 White

Honor Medallions

Honor Medallions are reserved for RSU and Cameron graduates who are part of an Honors Program or recognized Honor Society.

Group Token
RSU Honors Program Medallion
RSU President’s Leadership Class Medallion
Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology Tri-color Medallion
Sigma Beta Delta, International Business Honor Society Medallion
Alpha Chi, National Interdisciplinary Honor Society Medallion with Green/Blue Ribbon
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education (Cameron) Medallion

Other Regalia

Graduates may wear cords, pins and other regalia identifying their membership in student groups or organizations that are officially recognized by the university.

Group Token
Alpha Sigma Alpha To be determined
Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority To be determined
Biology Club To be determined
Campus Activities Team (C.A.T.) Red and Black Double Cord
Criminal Justice Society Pin with Logo
Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature Green and White Cord
National Student Nurses Association White and Royal Cord
Student Athlete Advisory Committee Red and Navy Cord
Student Government Association One Year of Service – Pin with Logo Two Years of Service – Red, Gold and Royal Cords Leadership Position – To be determined

 Gonfalons

The gonfalon, a flag that hangs from a crosspiece or frame, originated in the medieval republics of Italy as an ensign of the state of office. Gonfalons have been adopted in many universities around the world as college or institutional insignias.The gonfalons displayed represent the three academic schools of Rogers State University. The colors of the University – blue and red – are joined together at the lower portion of the flags, representing the foundation of studies common to each school. The upper portions of the gonfalons feature the designated colors and symbols identifying each academic school within the institution. The gonfalons were designed by James Randall Riggs, B.A., ’04.

Gonfalon for Cameron University Gonfalon for the School of Professional Studies Gonfalons for the School of Arts & Sciences

Mace

Mace

The mace, made of wood, symbolizes the authority of the faculty in academic matters and the practice of shared governance within the university. During the Middle Ages, the mace was an effective weapon in battle. As newer and more powerful arms were developed, its military significance diminished and it was transformed into a symbol of authority. The earliest ceremonial maces were borne by bodyguards of the 12th century English and French kings. By the end of the 16th century, they were used widely by officials of English cities and towns. Today, the use of the ceremonial mace is found in the British Houses of Parliament and it is carried before ecclesiastical dignitaries and in university ceremonies.

Mace Bearer: Carrying the mace has long been a commencement tradition at Rogers State University. Each year, a veteran faculty member bears the mace and leads the commencement processional. In recent years, that veteran has been Professor Gary Moeller, who has been with RSU for 32 years. This year Moeller will carry the mace, which he designed. The mace was crafted by Jerry Emanuel, a Claremore artist. The mace is six-foot walnut staff featuring the gold dome of Preparatory Hall at the top and the university seal on four sides. Five stripes at its base signify the institution’s various incarnations, including the Oklahoma Military Academy and the present-day university.

Rogers State University Alma Mater.