One of my nieces graduated from college this past weekend, so I ended up going to her graduation for some inexplicable reason. (It is inexplicable because I did not even go to my own graduation 😉 . The students were in the standard medieval garb of black gowns and mortar boards, but I fell in love with the outfits that the faculty had to wear, and I will admit to being a little jealous of these splendid robes.
I do realize that the colors of the robes somehow reflect the disciplines of the professors, whatever that might be.
There were loads of gorgeous outfits, but they were marching down the aisle right smartly and did not give us time to admire the get-ups.
Of course the best outfit was this magnificent pink cape and
mitre Biretta worn by the Archbishop of Atlanta (he got an honorary degree, so he needed to look nice).
The president of the college (the one wearing the medallion) had spent three hours the night before, smiling in pictures for the students and family members. It’s all part of the job. The ceremony was outdoors and lasted for over two hours and as the temperature was in the high 80’s F (about 30 C), I must admit I admire the fortitude of these distinguished academics. Perhaps I don’t want a robe after all. Or
I could have dressed like this spectator, she was getting some wear out of what had surely been purchased as a bridesmaid’s dress.