Graduation Regalia for DNPs
Q: I've heard that some universities don't allow DNP graduates to wear the same graduation regalia as other doctorate degree graduates. What's the common practice for graduation regalia?
A: I have not heard of schools "not allowing" DNP graduates to wear the same regalia as PhD graduates. In my humble opinion, this is unfortunate if there is even a perception of inferiority for the DNP or inequity as a terminal degree. It has been my limited experience that schools across a specific campus have the same cap and gown but with varying hoods reflective of the specific school. When I graduated from Case Western, the DNP students had the same cap and gown as the PhD students.
I would be curious to hear from readers who have heard or seen this to be true.
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