John A. Gupton College - Nashville, TN

Dress Code

Dress Code

The dress code at John A. Gupton College is established to present an atmosphere of professionalism. A career in funeral service places the practicioner in the eye of the public and, therefore, from the day a person commits to such a life, he or she is expected to exhibit exemplary appearance in relation to attire and personal grooming.

Dressing for Success in Funeral Service is not a recommendation at John A. Gupton College, it is a Requirement.

Clothing need not be expensive, but rather well coordinated and conservative to present a
professional image.

Males:

Attire: Male students are required to wear a matching business suit (pants and jacket) in conservative colors such as navy, black, dark gray and brown. A conservative dress shirt, buttoned (long sleeve or half-sleeve), tie worn appropriately, dark coordinated socks and conservative dress shoes.

  • No casual, rough leather shoes or boots, or casual shoes such as sandals, clogs, crocs, canvas shoes, tennis shoes, or flip-flops of any type.
  • Casual garments such as sweatshirts, hooded jackets, tee shirts, golf shirts, or jeans, are not permitted.
  • Writing or logos on clothing are not acceptable.

Beards: Male students are required to shave daily and be clean shaven before entering campus.
Beards ARE NOT permitted. Mustaches are permitted but must be neat and closely trimmed. The
extreme boundaries must not extend beyond or below the line of lip closure at the corners of the
mouth.
Hair: Hair must be clean and neatly trimmed above the collar. Dye colored hair must be of a
natural color. Hair should be natural and professional in appearance. Ponytails, Braids, Cornrows, and Dreadlocks are not permitted. Evidence of ears must be obvious. Sideburns are to be thinned and trimmed at the mid-ear level.
Jewelry: Earrings for men are not permitted under any circumstances.
Fragrances: The use of colognes, after shave, or other fragrances should be avoided
*Tattoos and body piercing that are publicly visible are not permitted.

Females:

Attire: Female students are required to wear matching business suits which include either skirt or
pants with matching jacket in conservative colors such as navy, black, dark gray and dark brown.

  • Skirts must be of modest length (no more than 1 to 2 inches above the knee).
  • Blouses must be conservative with sleeves and a modest neckline. “No cleavage”
  • Hose must be worn and coordinated with the suit or flesh tone color. Hose must be
    without conspicuous ornamentations or patterns. No socks will be permitted.
  • Casual garments such as sweatshirts, hooded jackets, tee shirts, golf shirts, or any
    clothing of denim material, are not permitted.
  • Writing or logos on clothing are not acceptable.
  • Appropriate dress shoes, (black, brown or navy) which are suited for the occasion are required. The shoe heel must not exceed two inches. This is a necessity in relation to safety on first call. No rough leather shoes, boots, or casual shoes such as sandals, clogs, crocs, canvas shoes, tennis shoes, or flip-flops of any type.

Hair/Nails: Hair is to be clean and neatly styled. Dye colored hair must be of a natural color.
Hair should be natural and professional in appearance. Short hair lends well to preparation room hygiene and prompt first call response. Ponytails, Braids, Cornrows, and Dreadlocks are not permited. Nails should be neatly trimmed and filed to finger end length.
Jewelry: Earrings should be small and limited to two per ear. Ornamental adornment should be minimal.
Fragrances: The use of perfumes or other fragrances should be avoided.
*Tattoos and body piercings that are publicly visible are not permitted.

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