Academic attire is required for those who walk at Commencement.
Graduates must purchase academic regalia at the Lesley Bookstore at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.
The academic attire worn at Commencement has its origins in the Middle Ages. The purpose of academic regalia is to display the academic and scholarly achievements of the wearer. From the cap, gown, and hood it is possible to distinguish the institution from which the wearer graduated, the field of learning in which his or her degree was earned, and the level of degree.Academic hoods are the visual representation of scholastic degrees. Hoods are lined with the official color of the college or university conferring the degree, and the velvet detail represents the learning discipline. All Lesley University hoods are green and gold and the following colors represent each discipline:Arts: WhiteEducation: Light BlueFine Arts: BrownScience: Golden YellowThe mortarboard hats and soft velvet tams are black. Prior to receiving the degree, the tassel is worn on the right. The graduates ceremonially turn the tassel to the left at the end of the Commencement ceremony.Gowns are normally black, and the level of the degree is indicated by the cut of the gown. Colored doctoral gowns represent the school colors of the college or university that awarded the doctoral degree. The green gowns of the president, trustees, and honorary degree recipients represent the Lesley University colors. The president wears the Lesley University presidential medallion.Cords worn by graduates of the College of Art and Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences indicate honors. Summa Cum Laude cords are gold, Magna Cum Laude cords are gold and white, and Cum Laude cords are white.
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