History and Traditions

Tassels

Tassels, as part of the Commencement regalia, are fastened to the middle point of the mortarboard and worn to the right side before degrees are conferred. Candidates are asked to shift them to the left at the moment when degrees are awarded. The tassel color is appropriate to the subject, with the exception of master's degrees (black) and doctorate degrees (gold). The tassel colors and majors they represent are listed below.

Dark Brown

  • Acting
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Musical Theater
  • Theater Arts Management
  • Theatrical Production Arts

Green (Sage)

  • Athletic Training/Exercise Science
  • Clinical Exercise Science
  • Community Health Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Education
  • Health Education and Physical Education
  • Health Policy Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Sciences and Human Performance Professionals
  • Outdoor Adventure Leadership
  • Physical Education
  • Public and Community Health
  • Recreation Management
  • Sport Management
  • Sport Media
  • Sport Studies
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Silver (Grey)

  • Aging Studies
  • Cinema and Photography
  • Clinical Health Studies (Physical Therapy)
  • Communication Management and Design
  • Document Studies and Production
  • Film, Photography, and Visual Arts
  • Health Care Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design
  • Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Speech Communication
  • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Television-Radio

White

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Architectural Studies
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Culture and Communication
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Sciences
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics-Computer Science
  • Mathematics-Economics
  • Mathematics-Physics
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy-Religion
  • Physics
  • Planned Studies
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Teacher Education
  • Writing

Pink

  • Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Performance
  • Performance/Music Education
  • Sound Recording Technology
  • Music in Combination with an Outside Field
  • Theory

Bronze

  • Accounting/Professional Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Legal Studies
  • Pre-Law