Graduation Traditions, Awards


The Pritchett-Taylor Scholarships were established by Mary L. Pritchett and Edith Taylor. These are awarded to the seniors with the highest C.Q.P.A.s in the class, who have earned at least 30 credits at MxCC and who have attended full-time for at least two semesters.

Middlesex Community College Award for Academic Excellence is awarded to a graduating student who has achieved a cumulative quality point average of 4.00, and who has completed fifty percent of their requirements in residence.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Commencement Regalia

Our academic honor society graduates can be identified by their gold stoles, cords and gold tassels.

Traditional Academic Regalia

The academic dress worn today for ceremonial occasions originated in the universities of the Middle Ages when classrooms were unheated and the academic gown and hood kept scholars warm. It became a distinctive symbol of academic pursuit, setting the academic apart from the non-academic, hence the “gown versus the town” disparity that continues even today.

Prior to the American Civil War, most American college and university students wore the gown daily during the entire term of study. The gown only became standardized in 1894 when the American Intercollegiate Commission determined that all robes would be black. The master’s robe is distinguishable by long, closed sleeves; the doctor’s gown by a facing of black velvet from the hem to the neck and back, with three velvet bands around each sleeve above the elbow.

The traditional hood, also black, displays significant colors. The lining represents the colors of the university granting the wearer’s highest degree. The color of the facing of the hood signifies the individual’s academic discipline or school of study. Although there has been much innovation in gown and cap design in recent years, the standard colors representing the various academic disciplines have remained the same.


These are:

White: Arts and Letters
Copper: Economics
Purple: Law
Lemon: Library Science
Scarlet: Theology
Olive: Pharmacy
Green: Medicine
Light Brown: Business
Dark Blue: Philosophy
Light Blue: Education
Yellow: Science
Peacock: International Studies
Brown: Architecture and Fine Arts
Citron Yellow: Social Work
Pink: Music
Salmon Pink: Public Health
Lilac: Dentistry

The Mace

The College mace is carried at Commencement exercises and at other College celebrations. The first dated record of the use of the academic mace goes back to Vienna University in the year of 1385. The academic mace served as a sign of strength and authority and was carried by a designated member of the faculty during solemn processions. The mace was adorned with configurations as well as inscriptions which eulogized and commemorated the institution.