The regalia worn at commencement and other formal events dates back to medieval European universities. It has remained largely unchanged since the 16th century.
The custom regalia worn by Carolina degree candidates bears the school seal and is
sold exclusively by the University Bookstore in the Russell House. The University
seal, embroidered in garnet, appears on the front of the gown. Senior and regional
campuses should consult their respective bookstores for regalia information.
Order your University of South Carolina academic regalia in person at the University Bookstore in the Russell House or complete your order online. You may order individual regalia items or a complete set of bachelor, master, doctoral
or specialist regalia. For assistance, call the University Bookstore at 803-777-4160.
Colleges and universities in the United States have largely standardized the design and color appropriate for various degrees. The cap tassel, which reflects the candidate’s major field of study, signifies the following disciplines:
- Arts, Letters and Humanities – White
- Accountancy, Business and Commerce – Drab
- Education – Light Blue
- Engineering – Orange
- Fine Arts – Brown
- Journalism – Crimson
- Law – Purple
- Library Science – Lemon
- Medicine – Green
- Music – Pink
- Nursing – Apricot
- Pharmacy – Olive Green
- Philosophy – Dark Blue
- Physical Education – Sage Green
- Physical Therapy – Teal
- Public Health – Salmon Pink
- Public Service – Peacock Blue
- Science – Golden Yellow
- Social Science – Cream
- Social Work – Citron
Honors may be designated by the wearing of a cord or a stole. The gold braided honor
cord, worn draped from the neck on the front of the gown, designates the wearer as
Summa Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 3.95-4.00), Magna Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of
3.75-3.949), and Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.749). A braided garnet, black,
and white cord designates Graduation with Leadership Distinction. Leadership Distinction
areas include Community Service, Diversity and Social Advocacy, Global Learning, Professional
and Civic Engagement, and Research. The honor stole is worn draped from the neck down
the front of the gown.
Invitations and Announcements
Order official personalized invitation cards and announcements from Balfour, the representative company for the University of South Carolina. Shop online among packages and individual products that will help you announce your accomplishment in style.