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General Information

Bushnell University has been holding commencement ceremonies and conferring degrees since the very first graduating class of 1899. While the largest and primary graduation ceremony occurs in May at the end of the traditional academic year, our evening and online students in non-traditional programs are completing degree requirements throughout the year. In 2007, an annual December graduation ceremony was added to serve this growing demographic.

There are generally two types of attendees at graduation: friends and family of the graduates, and those who are actually graduating. If you’re looking for dates and times for either Fall or Spring graduation, or directions or hotel accommodation recommendations we have provided some general information for you. More specific information for graduates–how to apply for graduation, order regalia and other supplies, etc.–is available on My.Bushnell

Commencement Dates

Location

Both the May and December commencement ceremonies are held on the Bushnell campus in the Morse Center. If you are unfamiliar with Eugene or the Bushnell campus, check out our driving directions and campus map.

Hotel and Restaurant Recommendations

For those that might be traveling from out of town, please visit our hotel and restaurant recommendations page. Many of these are within walking distance of the Bushnell campus. You might also find some of the information on our Parent Resource page useful.

Academic Regalia

The pageantry and dress of the academic procession have been inherited from the medieval universities of the 11th and 12th centuries.  Academic life as we know it today began in the Middle Ages, first in the Church, then in the guilds.  The teaching guild was the guild of the Master of Arts, where the Bachelor was the apprentice of the Master and the dress was the outward sign of privilege and responsibility.  Principal features of academic dress are the gown, the cap, and the hood.  Both Cambridge and Oxford since the 15th century have made the academic dress a matter of university control even to its minor details and have repeatedly published revised regulations.  American universities agreed on a definite system in 1895.  In 1932 the American Council on Education presented a revised code which, for the most part, governs the style of academic dress today.

The Gown

The flowing gown comes from the 12th century. While it originally may have been worn as protection against the cold of unheated buildings, today it has become symbolic of the democracy of scholarship, for it covers any dress of rank or social standing.  It is usually of black material.  Bachelors’ gowns have pointed sleeves; masters’ have long pouch-like sleeves which reputedly were once used to carry books and food.  Doctors’ gowns are faced with panels of velvet down the front and three bars of velvet across each sleeve.

The Cap

When Roman law freed the slave, he won the privilege of wearing a cap.  The academic cap is a sign of freedom of scholarship and the responsibility and dignity with which scholarship endows the wearer.  While usually shaped like a mortar board, some caps from some universities are made of a round, soft velvet material.  The tassel may be black or colored according to the scholarly field of the wearer.  Only the doctor’s cap may be of velvet.

The Hood

The hood is trimmed with one or more chevrons of a secondary color on the ground of the primary color of the college.  The color of the facing of the hood denotes the discipline represented by the degree; the color of the lining designates the university or college from which the degree was granted.

Tassel Colors

Agriculture
(Maize)
Architecture
(Brown)
Arts, Letters,
Humanities
(White)
Commerce,
Accountancy,
Business
(Drab)
Dentistry
(Lilac)
Economics
(Copper)
Education
(Light Blue)
Engineering
(Orange)
Fine Arts
(Brown)
Forestry
(Russet)
Journalism
(Crimson)
Law
(Purple)
Library
Science
(Lemon)
Medicine
(Kelly Green)
Music
(Pink)
Nursing
(Apricot)
Oratory
(Speech)
(Silver)
Pharmacy
(Olive Green)
Philosophy
(Dark Blue)
Physical
Education
(Sage Green)
Public
Administration
including
Foreign
Service
(Peacock
Blue)
Public Health
(Salmon Pink)
Science
(Golden
Yellow)
Social Work
(Citron)
Theology
(Scarlet)
Veterinary
Science
(Gray)
Full List of Majors & Colors:
SchoolColor
Accounting Drab
AgricultureMaize
Arts, Letters White
Bible & Christian Ministries: Biblical Studies Scarlet
Bible & Christian Ministries: Youth Scarlet
Bible & Christian Ministries: Pastoral Scarlet
Business Administration Drab
Business Administration: Management Drab
Business Administration: Marketing Drab
Communication: Journalism Silver Gray
Communication: Speech Silver Gray
Computer & Information Science Gold
DentistryLilac
EconomicsCopper
EducationLight Blue
EngineeringOrange
EnglishWhite
Exercise Science Golden Yellow
Fine Arts Brown
Forestry Russet
General Studies White
Health Care Administration Drab
History White
Human Services Citron
HumanitiesWhite
Intercultural Studies White
Interdisciplinary Humanities White
Interdisciplinary Individualized White
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences White
Journalism Crimson
Law Purple
Library Science Lemon
ManagementDrab
Management Information Systems Drab
Masters of Business Administration Drab
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Gold
Master of Arts in School Counseling Light Blue
MathematicsGolden Yellow
Medicine Green
Music Pink
Music Ministry Pink
NursingApricot
Pharmacy Olive Green
Philosophy Dark Blue
Physical Education Sage Green
PSP: Management Drab
PsychologyGold
Public Administration Peacock Blue
Public Health Salmon Pink
Science Golden Yellow
Social Work Citron
SpeechSilver Gray
Teacher Education Light Blue
TESOL White
TheologyScarlet
Veterinary Science Gray