All degree candidates wear caps with tassels that represent the school from which they are graduating. In addition to colored tassels, candidates for graduate degrees also wear hoods that reflect their fields of learning.
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Faculty tassels and hoods
At Indiana University, faculty members who have received a Ph.D. wear royal blue hoods and gold tassels.
Faculty members who have received other doctoral degrees wear hoods and tassels reflecting their disciplines. Faculty members who have received bachelor’s or master’s degrees wear the hoods of their fields, and black tassels on their caps.