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 practitioner in the eye of the public and, therefore, from the day a person commits to such a life, the practitioner is expected to exhibit exemplary appearance in relation to attire and personal grooming. The following shall constitute acceptable guidelines.

Dressing for success in funeral services is not a recommendation; it is a requirement. Clothing need not be expensive, but rather well coordinated and conservative to present a professional image. Requests for any alteration to the dress code due to medical, religious, or other legally protected reasons must be made to the Registrar.

Online students are required to follow the dress code during all proctored exams and while on campus.

Students are required to wear a matching business suit (pants/modest-length skirts, and matching jacket) in conservative colors such as navy, black, dark gray, and brown. A conservative dress shirt, buttoned with tie or conservative blouse buttoned, coordinated hose/socks and 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. Shoe must coordinate with the suit and heels must not exceed 2 inches. Hose and socks must be without conspicuous ornamentations or patterns.
  • Casual garments such as sweatshirts, hooded jackets, tee shirts, golf shirts, or jeans, are not permitted.
  • Writing or logos on clothing are not acceptable.
  • Facial hair including beards and mustaches must be neatly trimmed with boarders trimmed and shaved daily.  Facial hair must be less than one inch in length.
  • Hair must be clean and neatly trimmed. Hair should be natural and professional in appearance. Sideburns are to be thinned and trimmed at the mid-ear level.
  • Nails should be neatly trimmed and filed to finger-end length.
  • The use of colognes, aftershave, or other perfumes and fragrances should be avoided.
  • Ornamental jewelry should be minimal.
  • Tattoos and body piercings that are publicly visible are not permitted.
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