Commencement Traditions

Honoring Veterans

Each ACC commencement includes a special recognition of graduating veterans. During the ceremony, veterans receive medals in appreciation of their service and stand for acknowledgment.
 
“Veterans and service members have done so much for this country, and we owe them our gratitude,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. “I am so proud of our veterans and all ACC graduates, and we enjoy celebrating with them and their families.”

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