Various costumes worn by university and collegiate faculty, administrators, and graduating students at graduation ceremonies and other special occasions. The most common element of academic costume is the gown, a tradition dating to the Middle Ages. Decorative hoods and various caps, including the mortarboard, are other common elements of academic costume. Trimmings of various colors may be used to refer to different disciplines of study.

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Refers to the various costumes worn by university and collegiate faculty, administrators, and graduating students at graduation ceremonies and other special occasions. The most common element of academic costume is the gown, a tradition dating to the Middle Ages. Decorative hoods and various caps, including the mortarboard, are other common elements of academic costume. Trimmings of various colors may be used to refer to different disciplines of study.

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Academic Costume
Date Published
December 12, 2012
Last Updated
April 22, 2021