the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Guidelines for Doctoral Regalia

Cap

  • Caps must be black
  • Tassles must be gold
  • Graduates of any degree may wear mortarboard caps
  • Ph.D. caps may also wear velvet tams, which may be four-sided, six-sided, or eight-sided.
  • Caps must be one or another kind, beefeater tams are prohibited.

Hood

  • Hood lining must bear official SBTS lining—red lining with three gold stripes
  • Hood velvet corresponds to the discipline of the doctoral degree
    • Only Ph.D. graduates may wear blue velvet
    • PhD graduates may wear blue or red velvet
    • DMin graduates may only wear red velvet
    • DMiss graduates may only wear red velvet
    • EdD graduates may only wear light blue velvet
    • DMA graduates may only wear pink velvet

Gowns

  • All gowns must be black in color
  • The colors of the paneling down the chest and piping on the arms must match (e.g., one cannot have different color arm velvet and panel velvet)
  • No additional embroidery or piping on the gown is permissible (e.g., embroidery of school logo, extra piping down chest like a Presidential gown is prohibited)

Explanation

  • Colors correspond to the degree earned
    • Philosophy = Blue
    • Theology = Scarlet
    • Education = Light Blue
    • Music = Pink
  • Thus, the PhD has the widest range of colors available, and only they can wear the royal, deep blue color on any part of their regalia
  • Gold is a neutral color accepted by the American Council on Education for use of piping the outside of the velvet panels, so anyone can wear it

Color Combinations

Below is every approved combination of velvet colors doctoral graduates may wear. No exceptions should be made.

Doctor of Philosophy

Panels Piping Example Notes
Black None link  Default Lifeway rental
Black Red link
Black Gold link
Black Blue none
Black Light Blue link Only if PhD in Education
Royal Blue None link
Royal Blue Red link
Royal Blue Gold link
Royal Blue Light Blue link Only if PhD in Education
Deep Blue None none
Deep Blue Red link
Deep Blue Gold none
Deep Blue Light Blue none Only if PhD in Education
Scarlet Red None link
Scarlet Red Gold link

 

Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry

Panels Piping Example Notes
Black None link  Default Lifeway rental
Black Red link
Black Gold none
Red None link
Red Gold  none

 

 

* DEdMin can wear all the same things as the DMin. Because they have a concentration in education they can wear the light, aqua blue. They cannot wear a darker royal/navy blue as that is only for PhD.

Doctor of Education

Panels Piping Example Exceptions
Black None link  Default Lifeway rental
Black Light Blue link
Light Blue None link

 

Doctor of Musical Arts

Panels Piping Example Exceptions
Black None link  Default Lifeway rental
Black Gold link
Black Pink none

Doctor of Missiology

Panels Piping Example Exception
Black None link  Default Lifeway rental
Black Red link
Black Gold none
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.