ACADEMIC REGALIA INFORMATION
Fuller hoods conform to general American academic standards for size and design, and
generally have three elements: the shell, the lining, and the trim. The shell of the hood
should coordinate with or match the color of the robe; that is, a black robe would
determine the shell of the hood be black, likewise, a grey robe and a grey shell.
The lining of the hood, signifying the degree awarding institution, is royal blue with three
gold chevrons for all degrees awarded by Fuller Theological Seminary. In this context,
"school" means Fuller as an institution, not the three schools of Theology, World Mission
and Psychology at Fuller.
An illustration of the Fuller lining can be found in the book Academic Heraldry in
America by Kevin Sheard (Marquette, MI: Northern Michigan College Press;
1962). A jpeg file with the colors is attached.
The trim, signifying the degree, is 4 inches at the widest point for all master's degrees,
and 5 inches for all doctoral degrees. The velvet trim signifies the degree being awarded
by variations in width and color. Master's degrees are trimmed with 4-inch velvet, and
doctoral degrees with 5-inch velvet. Trim color is listed below.
MASTER OF ARTS (in Christian Leadership,
Cross-cultural Studies, Evangelism, Family Life
Education, Intercultural Studies, Marital & Family
Therapy, Missiology, Multicultural Ministries,
Pastoral Ministry, Psychology, Theology, Youth
Ministry,): White trim
MASTER OF SCIENCE : Golden yellow trim
MASTER OF DIVINITY: Scarlet trim
MASTER OF THEOLOGY (in Theology, Missiology, or
Intercultural Studies): Scarlet trim
DOCTOR OF MINISTRY: Scarlet trim
DOCTOR OF MISSIOLOGY: Burnt orange trim
DOCTOR OF MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPY: Golden yellow trim
DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY: Golden yellow trim
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (in Theology, Missiology,
Intercultural Studies, Clinical Psychology,
Marital and Family Therapy, or Marriage and
Family Studies): Blue trim
In its own Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies, Fuller Seminary uses standard
Fifth Avenue style academic gowns, black in color and trim, appropriate to the degree
level (master's or doctoral) in design, accented with Fuller hoods as described above.
Standard black mortarboard caps are used, with black tassels for master's degrees and
gold tassels for doctoral degrees. The Seminary provides this rental regalia for graduates,
which must be worn for Baccalaureate and Commencement, and returned immediately
For those graduates wishing to purchase regalia for other uses, the Seminary specifies the
following standard for academic regalia: graduates are free to employ whatever style and
design they wish as long as it is appropriate to the degree level and to general custom in
the context in which they wear it. For example, if it is appropriate to the degree level and
to general custom in the context in which it will be worn, a graduate could purchase a soft
tam, rather than a mortarboard, if the graduate so desired.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Registrar.
SUGGESTIONS FOR U.S. SOURCES OF REGALIA
Fuller rents regalia on behalf of our students to wear at our own Commencement
ceremonies. When someone contacts Fuller to purchase regalia, we recommend that they
take the above information to any tailor or supplier of choir, pulpit, judicial and/or
academic robes, and have regalia custom-made. Any reputable tailor or robe maker
should be able to help you - especially with the information about Fuller's particulars -
either by fulfilling your needs themselves, or at least by directing you to an academic
apparel company. If you or your supplier have any further questions, please contact the