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Regulation 9: Academical Dress

Academical Dress of the Western Orthodox University, Western Orthodox Academy and associated institutions

The 1945 scheme or 2015 scheme of Academical Dress may be worn by all Western Orthodox University graduates who graduated before 6 February 2015. Those graduating after 6 February 2015 may wear the 2015 scheme only. Details of the Official Robemakers to the University will be supplied to graduates.

Graduates of European-American University are authorized to wear the academical dress prescribed for that university.

The use of references to hood and gown shapes (“Cambridge M.A. shape” etc.) constitutes a standard referencing scheme in use by academic robemakers, and does not imply any connexion with any other institution.

A. The Western Orthodox University

1. 2015 scheme (for graduates after 6 February 2015)

Specification

Materials

All hoods are lined with ivory Florence brocade, and bordered inside with violet silk in the form of Petersham ribbon.

Otherwise, standard fabrics are employed, though it is intended that, where ‘cloth’ is specified, pure wool should be used. Artificial silk or fur may be used in place of natural fibres.

All gowns and robes are to be made with curved yokes as used in the University of Oxford.

Doctors

WOU doctoral robesThe doctoral hood and gown in the University’s 2015 scheme

Hood: Oxford doctors’ shape, scarlet cloth, lined ivory brocade, the cowl edge alone bordered inside one inch violet silk, the neckband plain.

Robe: Oxford doctors’ shape, scarlet cloth, the sleeves and facings covered to the same depth as in the University of Oxford with ivory brocade, the outer edge of the facings bordered one inch with violet silk, one inch of violet silk laid on the sleeves at the point where the brocade meets the scarlet cloth, an ivory cord and button on the yoke.

Gown: Cambridge M.A. shape, black silk or stuff, a black cord and button on the yoke.

Fellows

Hood: Cambridge shape, Mary Blue cloth, lined ivory brocade, the cowl edge alone bordered inside one inch violet silk, the neckband plain.

Robe: Cambridge M.A. shape, Mary Blue cloth, the facings of the same width as those of the Doctors’ robe (that is, wider than is usual on a gown of Masters’ shape), covered with ivory brocade, the outer edge of the facings bordered one inch violet silk, an ivory cord and button on the yoke.

Gown: Cambridge M.A. shape, black silk or stuff, a black cord and button on the yoke.

Bachelors of Divinity

Hood: Oxford doctors’ shape, black corded silk, lined ivory brocade, the cowl edge alone bordered inside one inch violet silk, the neckband plain.

Gown: Cambridge M.A. shape, black silk or stuff, a black cord and button on the yoke.

Masters

Hood: London shape, black corded silk, lined ivory brocade, the cowl edge alone bordered inside one inch violet silk, the neckband plain.

Gown: Cambridge M.A. shape, black silk or stuff, a black cord and button on the yoke.

Bachelors

Hood: Burgon shape, black corded silk, lined ivory brocade, bordered two inches fur on the cowl edge alone, and one inch violet silk placed inside immediately below the fur.

Gown: Oxford B.A. shape, black stuff, with a black cord and button on the yoke.

Hats

All graduates may wear a black cloth trencher (velvet for Doctors and Fellows). Clergy wearing cassocks under their robes may wear a black cloth Canterbury cap (velvet for Doctors and Fellows).

2. 1945 scheme

WOU DD hoodFr. Tony Clavier wears the University’s Doctor of Divinity hood in the 1945 scheme.

Specification

Doctors

Hood: Oxford full shape in scarlet cloth, lined in faculty silk but with a plain scarlet neckband.

Fellows

Hood: Cambridge shape in virgin blue cloth, lined peony red.

Masters

Hood: London shape in black corded silk, fully lined in faculty silk, the neckband as for bachelors.

Bachelors

Hood: Oxford Burgon shape, black corded silk lined dove grey silk, the cowl edged 2 inches white fur and three inches faculty colour, the neckband lined and bound one quarter of an inch faculty.

Faculty colours

Arts: peony red; Divinity: crimson; Laws: dark blue*; Music: lavender; Science: violet; Natural Philosophy: cerise; Pure Philosophy: green; Letters: old gold; Pedagogy: grey and scarlet; Commerce: grey and pale blue; Social Science: scarlet and black.

*DCL: light blue; DCanL: scarlet and powder blue; DJur: scarlet and navy; International Law: scarlet and turquoise.

3. In addition, a scheme also existed for degrees formerly granted by the Catholicos of the West in his own right (Glastonbury degrees). The 1951 rescension was as follows:

Doctors (only)

Hoods: Full shape with rounded cape. Purple silk lined gold silk, the cowl edged one inch faculty colour.

DChr: black corded; DD: black plain; STD: black watered; DSS: mauve; LLD: pale blue; DCL: dark blue; DJur: turquoise; MD: scarlet; MusD: cherry; PhD: sage green; DPhil: apple green; DLitt: crimson; DSc: silver grey; DPed: white; DArch: russet.

B. The Western Orthodox Academy

Fellow in Theology

Hood: Burgon shape, black corded silk, lined crimson silk, bordered two inches ivory brocade on the cowl edge alone.

Gown: Oxford B.A. shape, black stuff, with a crimson cord and button on the yoke.

Licentiate in Theology

Hood: Burgon shape, black corded silk, the cowl faced five inches crimson silk, bordered one inch ivory brocade on the cowl edge alone.

Gown: Oxford B.A. shape, black stuff, with a crimson cord and button on the yoke.

Associate in Theology

Hood: Burgon shape, black corded silk, the cowl faced three inches crimson silk, bordered one inch ivory brocade on the cowl edge alone.

Gown: Oxford B.A. shape, black stuff, with a crimson cord and button on the yoke.

Hats (for all diplomas)

A black cloth trencher, or for clergy wearing cassocks, a black cloth Canterbury cap.

C. The Intercollegiate University (and College of Church Musicians, Kansas)

Specification

Hoods only were prescribed.

Bachelors
All in simple shape.

BA: Sepia silk lined ivory satin
Mus.Bac.: Sepia silk lined crimson satin
BD: Violet silk lined white satin
BCL: Sepia silk lined dark blue satin
LLB: Violet silk lined pale blue satin
BLitt: Sepia silk lined gold satin
BSc: Violet silk lined gold satin
PhB: Violet silk lined light green satin
BCom: Black silk lined dark green satin

Masters
All in full shape.

MA: by 1927 Black silk lined pale rose satin; previously lined dark crimson velvet
MCom: Black silk lined dark green satin

Doctors
All in full shape.

MusDoc: Scarlet cloth lined gold satin
DD: Scarlet cloth lined crimson satin
DCL: Scarlet cloth lined dark blue satin
LLD: Scarlet cloth lined pale blue satin
DLitt: Scarlet cloth lined white satin
DSc: Scarlet cloth lined violet satin
PhD: Scarlet cloth lined light green satin

D. European-American University and All Saints College, Dublin

Undergraduates

An undergraduate gown of a similar shape to that in use at King’s College, Cambridge, in black stuff.

Undergraduate Awards

Gown: An undergraduate gown of a similar shape to that in use at King’s College, Cambridge, in black stuff.

Hoods:

Associate/certificate – Burgon shape, black stuff, faced 1.5″ magenta silk, the cowl bound to show 0.25″ old gold silk inside and out.

Licentiate/senior certificate/diploma – Burgon shape, black stuff, faced 3″ magenta silk, the cowl bound to show 0.25″ old gold silk inside and out.

Bachelors

Gown: Cambridge BA shape, black stuff, without strings.

Hood: Burgon shape, black stuff, lined magenta silk, bound on all edges to show 0.25″ old gold silk inside and out.

Postgraduate awards

Gown: as for bachelors

Hoods: PGCert – Cambridge shape, black stuff, faced 1.5″ and the cape bound to show 0.25″ magenta silk, the cowl bound to show 0.25″ old gold silk inside and out.

PGDip – As above, but faced 3″ magenta silk.

Masters

Gown: Cambridge MA shape in black silk or stuff, without strings.

Hood: Cambridge shape, black silk, lined magenta silk, the cape and cowl bound 0.5″ old gold silk.

Doctors

Full-dress robe – Cambridge DD shape, scarlet cloth, with sleeve-linings and facings of magenta silk, with old gold cords and buttons on the sleeves.

Undress gown – Cambridge MA shape in black silk or stuff, without strings.

Hood – Durham doctors’ shape, scarlet cloth, lined magenta silk, the cape and cowl bound 0.5″ old gold silk.

Hats

All levels wear a black cloth trencher. Doctors in full dress may wear a scarlet velvet Tudor bonnet with a gold cord and tassel. Clergy may wear clerical headwear.

Notes:

1) The neckbands of all hoods are plain.

2) All gowns are to be made with curved yokes, after the style of the University of Oxford.

3) The magenta silk used is the same shade as that used for the Master of Theology degree in the University of Oxford.

3) Holders of the degrees of Bachelor-, Master-, or Doctor of Divinity, Theology, or Ministry may wear a black cord and button on the yoke of the appropriate black gown, and a gold cord and button on the yoke of the doctoral full-dress robe if applicable, in order to secure a preaching scarf if academic dress is worn over a cassock.

4) Artificial silk may be substituted for silk; stuff may be Russell cord or polyester; cloth is always to be interpreted as wool.

E. Fellows of the Henderson Memorial School of Music

Hood

Oxford doctors’ shape, deep green silk, lined magenta silk, the neckband plain.

Robe

Oxford doctors’ shape, deep green silk, the facings and sleeves covered with magenta silk, a magenta cord and magenta button on the yoke.

Undress gown

As for masters.

Hats

In full dress, a black velvet Tudor bonnet with a magenta cord and tassel; in undress a black cloth trencher.

F. The Epiphany Guild

Hoods

Fellow in Public Worship: Durham BA shape, black corded silk, lined royal blue velvet and bound on all edges 2″ white fur.
Licentiate in Public Worship: Durham BA shape, black corded silk, lined royal blue velvet.
Associate in Public Worship: Durham BA shape, black corded silk, bordered inside 3″ royal blue velvet.
Member (E.G.M.): Durham BA shape, black Russell cord, bordered inside the cowl with 1″ royal blue velvet.

Gowns

Fellow in Public Worship: A black stuff gown of Oxford BA shape, with the facings covered in royal blue velvet.
Licentiate, Associate in Public Worship: Any black gown of full length.

Hats (for all diplomas)

A black cloth trencher, or for clergy wearing cassocks, a black cloth Canterbury cap.

G. The J.S. Bach Academy

Only the following grades of membership are entitled to academical dress:

Doctor Emeritus

Full-dress robe – Cambridge DD shape, scarlet cloth, with sleeve-linings and facings of magenta silk, with deep green cords and buttons on the sleeves.

Undress gown – Cambridge MA shape in black silk or stuff, without strings.

Hood – Durham doctors’ shape, scarlet cloth, lined magenta silk, the cape and cowl bound 1″ deep green silk.

Hat – in full dress doctors may wear a scarlet velvet Tudor bonnet with a gold cord and tassel, otherwise a black cloth trencher.

Magister/Maestro

Gown: Cambridge MA shape in black silk or stuff, without strings.

Hood: Cambridge shape, black silk, lined magenta silk, the cape and cowl bound 1″ deep green silk.

Hat: A black cloth trencher.

Fellow

Gown: Cambridge BA shape, black stuff, without strings.

Hood – Burgon shape, black stuff, faced 3″ magenta silk, the cowl bound to show 0.5″ deep green silk inside and out.

Licentiate

Gown: Cambridge BA shape, black stuff, without strings.

Hood – Burgon shape, black stuff, faced 3″ magenta silk, the cowl bound to show 0.5″ deep green silk inside and out.

Notes:

1) The neckbands of all hoods are plain.

2) All gowns are to be made with curved yokes, after the style of the University of Oxford.

3) The magenta silk used is the same shade as that used for the Master of Theology degree in the University of Oxford.