Open Academic Gown with Collar

’Tis the season for graduations, when students wear their academic gowns for once – except at such places at Oxford, where they sit their exams in their academic gowns. My brother is about to graduate, so I dug up a picture of a Princeton student from 1773.

I especially like the collar, but it probably would never work in polyester. Come to think of it, that probably is a good reason to bring back the collar: to get rid of the polyester. That undergraduate, at 16, is dressed more smartly than the average 21-year-old graduating student today. Clearly he’s doing something right in the way of dignity. Am I right?

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