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Graduation Cap: Facts and Stats

by Martin Lewis
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The graduation cap is a symbol of achievement and distinction. The graduation hat is a distinctive part of the graduation outfit. What’s the story behind the graduation cap.

Here’s the facts and stats:

Also known as the Mortarboard, it resembles the board which holds the mortar used by builders.

Early versions of the graduation cap contained intricate designs as opposed to today’s plain look.

In the early days of universities, graduation caps were only worn by those who earned Doctor or Master degrees.

Throwing the cap in the air was first recognised in 1912 in Annapolis, Maryland.
It was thought the mortar board originated from the biretta, worn by the Roman Catholic Clergy.

Depending on the grade and country the graduation tassel can be a different colour with gold only worn by students who have earned the title of Doctor.

Graduation caps started to become popular in the 14th and 15th centuries and were worn exclusively by students, artists and other learners.

In the UK and Australia, the graduation hat is also known as the Oxford cap, square, trencher or corner-cap.

Various academic establishments have required students to have the tassel on the right side before the degree is awarded and then moved to the left side as they receive their award.

Now you have the facts, for your graduation have a look at the extensive range of Graduation wear available from leading UK stockists Graduation Attire.

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