Monday, May 18, 2009

Tradition!! (you should be hearing Fiddler on the Roof in your head when you read the title!!)

There is a lot of tradition associated with the hooding ceremony.

The colorful hood of each university is reserved for those who attain the highest academic degree beyond the bachelor's degree. It is a special part of academic regalia and denotes scholarly and professional achievements.

The pageantry of commencement has its roots in medieval times, dating to the early tradition of Europe's first universities. Origins of academic attire are obscured in history, but it is likely that the scholar's distinctive dress was based on modifications of ecclesiastical costumes of the times. In 1895, the United States set for its universities a uniform academic costume code, which is reflected in most of the regalia worn today. Meanwhile, European universities maintained their right to variety. The vivid diversity of regalia for European degree holders brings to the American commencement such visual pleasures as sable berets, cardinal robes and other distinctive garb.
The cap, the hood and the robe are the visual components of the academic costume. The mortarboard, as we see it now, comes from joining the elements of a square bonnet and a skull cap. As early as 1600, scholars at Oxford University began using lightweight boards to hold out the corners of the bonnet.

Gown designs represent the levels of academic degrees. Color is allowed to break through in the hood. The outer binding of the master's and doctoral hoods represents the field of study in which the degree was received.

Dentistry is represented by the color - Lilac.

Also, you can only be hooded by someone who has the same degree that you have earned. Only a dentist can hood a dentist. There were lots of family members there to hood loved ones. I think there were even 3 generations represented. The whole thing was very cool and I am glad Jason was able to participate. I like tradition!!

Waiting for the ceremony to begin!

Beautiful Cathedral!!

I am waiting for pictures of the actual hooding.

Here is a post hooding pic!

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