The use of cap and gown in a graduation ceremonyIt is a timeless tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. While students have been wearing cap and gown for centuries, that doesn’t mean we know exactly how to wear the outfit. From graduation hoods to graduation tassel side donning to attaching the graduation cap, things can get pretty confusing pretty quickly (which can make you wonder if you’re smart enough to graduate). Without sweating. Avoid an embarrassing moment by following our tips on how to wear a graduation cap. Oh, and congratulations by the way!
How to wear a graduation cap
First, you need to make sure that your graduation cap really fits your head. If so, good! If not, you may want to contact your graduation coordinator. Next, you want to get acquainted with the mortarboard, which is the square piece at the crown of the cap. You want to position the cap so that the front tip of the cap is centered on your forehead, between your eyes. How do you find the front from the back? While the manufacturer may include basic instructions inside the brim, you may also be able to tell from the design of the cap. Usually there is a slight narrowing in the forehead area and an elastic band in the back. Another important tip: the mortarboard should be flat and level with the ground. Anything crooked or crooked or rejected is not good. Do you want to test how straight and flat it is? Place a small object on top of your hat (a nickel or marble will work) and see if it falls off. If not, then you are all set.
What is the tassel side of the graduation cap and what does the tassel placement of the graduation cap mean?
Then comes the tassel. If your graduation cap does not come with a pre-assembled tassel, you will have to put it on yourself. To do this, simply secure the tassel loop on the raised button located in the center of your cap. You want to secure it enough so that it doesn’t fall over, but can still rock back and forth. Another tip: brush the tassel so it doesn’t get all tangled up. You want it to look lazy. Once you’ve attached the tassel, you will want to attach it to the correct side of your hat. This is key because, according to tradition, some graduates are asked to pass the tassel from one side of the cap to the other as a symbol of their graduation. If you are receiving a bachelor’s or high school diploma, you want to put it on the right side of your mortarboard before your graduation ceremony, as you will be instructed to move the tassel to the left side once you have been declared a graduate. If you are receiving a master’s or higher degree, your tassel will remain on the left side before and during the graduation ceremony.
How to fix a graduation cap
Having trouble securing your cap? Then you may want to consider pinning your graduation cap on. So how do you do that without hurting yourself? Whether you are a boy or a girl, the hairpins, or any type of discreet hair bra, will be your best friend. You may want to consider crossing the bobby pins in an X formation and gluing them at the base of your cap to your hair. Finding clips that match your hair color will make it look more natural. Some women have also sewn a headband on the inside of the cap, which also helps prevent it from falling off.
How to wear a graduation cap if you are a boy
Regardless of whether you are a boy or a girl, wearing a graduation cap is the same across the board. If you are unsure of how to attach yours to your head, you may consider borrowing or purchasing your own hair clips. Don’t worry, no one will be able to tell!
How to wear the graduation hood
Another part of the academic badges is the graduation hood. Graduation hoods are typically black with velvet trim, and the trim color represents your academic title. The color of the hood lining, along with your particular pattern, will represent your academic institution.
So how do you wear your graduation hood? First, it is best to ask before the ceremony, as each institution will have its own rules. Some schools may have a teacher put the hood on you, while others will ask you to put it on yourself. If you are doing the latter, it is important to remember that the hood must be covered so that the official colors of the institution and the design on the lining are visible. Because the hood is designed to hang behind you, make sure the small, pointed end of the hood lies flat at the base of your neck. Once you’ve done this, you may want to secure the hood with a pin or button to prevent it from falling off or wrinkling.