Commencement Traditions

Honoring Veterans

ACC is proud of its veterans, and the college enjoys celebrating their graduation with their friends and families.

Each ACC commencement includes a special recognition of graduating veterans. Prior to the ceremony, veterans will receive a commemorative medallion in appreciation of their service.

Guide to Academic Regalia

Graduates at ACC commencement wear tassels that represent their area of study:

  • Sciences: Golden Yellow
  • Arts: White
  • GED: Black

The regalia worn by faculty at commencement reflect an academic tradition that dates back centuries. Colors and trims indicate an individual’s alma mater, degree, and field of study. Generally, these subject areas are associated with the following colors:

  • Agriculture: Maize
  • Arts, Letters, Humanities: White
  • Commerce, Accountancy, Business: Drab
  • Dentistry: Lilac
  • Economics: Copper
  • Education: Light Blue
  • Engineering: Orange
  • Fine Arts, Architecture: Brown
  • Forestry: Russet
  • Journalism: Crimson
  • Law: Purple
  • Library Science: Lemon
  • Medicine: Green
  • Music: Pink
  • Nursing: Apricot
  • Oratory (Speech): Silver Gray
  • Pharmacy: Green
  • Philosophy: Dark Blue
  • Physical Education: Sage Green
  • Public Administration: Peacock Blue
  • Public Health: Salmon Pink
  • Science: Golden Yellow
  • Social Work: Citron
  • Theology: Scarlet
  • Veterinary Science: Gray

What to Wear

Commencement is a celebration and ACC candidates are requested to dress accordingly. Keep in mind, standing and walking in long lines, as well as crossing a large stage are all a part of the ceremony.  Participants should wear medium-length dark skirts or slacks under the required black gown and low to medium-heeled dark shoes. A white or light color dress shirt and tie gives the neck line of the gown a polished look. A detachable white collar is an option when purchasing a gown.

Participants may decorate their mortar board to express themselves or help family pick them out of the processional. Please use appropriate language and avoid political statements.

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