[Academic regalia hood, black satin with purple velvet trim]
Frederick D. Patterson
Velvet and cloth.
Academic regalia hood, black satin with white purple trim, purple satin inside lining, belonging to Dr. Patterson.
Academic regalia (or attire) began centuries ago and is deep-seated with tradition from various academic institutions. Once worn on a regular basis while attending academic institutions (and in some institutes, still worn daily) academic regalia have since become attire for ceremonial purposes only. Academic hooding is a practice observed to honor the dedication and extraordinary effort required to attain advanced degrees. Many degree recipients also wear academic hoods, consisting of several elements relative to their specific degree, their major discipline and their alma mater.
Size: The length and width of the academic hood represents the status of the recipient. The larger the academic hood, the higher the degree the wearer has earned. The sizes begin with the bachelor's degree (BA), grow larger with a master's degree (MA), and end with the largest hood being the doctoral degree (PhD).
Outside Hood Color: The main coloring is the outside material made of soft velvet. The color of your academic hood is based on the major discipline in which you earned you specific degree. The color specific to your discipline is not only adorned on the outside of your hood, but also on the front of you ceremonial robe and along sleeves using the velvet stripes.
Purple: This color of academic hood is reserved for recipients of degrees with a major discipline in Law.
Internal Hood Color: This inner side of the academic hood is lined with satin in the traditional colors of the school in which you are receiving your degree.
Dr. Patterson earned many Honorary Degrees, from Wilberforce University in 1941, to Paine College in 1985.
Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson was born in 1901 in Washington, DC. His tenure at Tuskegee University started in 1928 and spanned almost 25 years as the Head of the Veterinary division, Director of the School of Agriculture and finally as Tuskegee's third president. Patterson founded the United Negro College Fund in 1944. In 1987 President Ronald Reagan awarded Dr. Patterson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.