MORTARBOARD CAP SHOWN ABOVE IN BLACK CLOTH FABRIC REMOVABLE STRAND TASSEL
The very recognizable square academic cap is often called a mortarboard because of its similarity in appearance to the board used by bricklayers to hold mortar. This style of academic headwear consists of a horizontal square board fixed upon a skull-cap (crown) with a tassel attached to the center. The crown of the cap is generally designed to fold for storage, but can be manufactured as stiff.
VELVET TAM SHOWN ABOVE IN ROYAL BLUE VELVET FIXED GOLD BULLION TASSEL
BEEFEATER SHOWN ABOVE IN RED VELVET FIXED GOLD BULLION TASSEL
Most faculty with doctoral degrees prefer to wear velvet doctoral tams for appearance and comfort. Velvet tams help differentiate between the faculty members and students.
Doctoral tams are generally black velvet in 4, 6 and 8 corner designs complemented with either a detachable strand tassel, fixed gold metallic or fixed bullion tassel.
A variation of the tam with deep English heritage, the beefeater features plush velvet or fabric to match the gown and a stiff brim accented with a fixed gold bullion or metallic tassel.
This style cap is generally reserved for institutions authorizing it as part of special academic regalia or by the highest ranking official presiding over graduation.
4 CORNER VELVET TAM SHOWN ABOVE IN LUSTROUS BLACK VELVET FIXED GOLD METALLIC TASSEL
6 CORNER VELVET TAM SHOWN ABOVE IN LUSTROUS BLACK VELVET FIXED GOLD METALLIC TASSEL
8 CORNER VELVET TAM SHOWN ABOVE IN LUSTROUS BLACK VELVET FIXED GOLD METALLIC TASSEL
ANTIQUE GOLD STRAND TASSEL ATTACHES TO THE BUTTON ON TOP OF THE CAP AND IS REMOVEABLE
GOLD BULLION TASSEL PERMANENTLY ATTACHED TO THE TOP OF THE CAP AND IS NOT REMOVEABLE
This traditional doctoral tassel attaches to a button on the top of the cap or tam and is removable. The strands are rayon providing a moderate shine for the finish
This popular doctoral tassel is permanently attached to the top of the cap or tam. The strands are gold bullion providing a high level shine for the finish.
8 CORNER VELVET TAM SHOWN ABOVE IN PhD BLUE VELVET WITH GOLD BRIM FIXED GOLD METALLIC TASSEL
This style custom tam is generally reserved for college and university presidents. It features a brim adorned with gold brocade fabric and a fixed gold bullion or metallic tassel.