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Academic Attire

I picked up my cap, gown, and hood yesterday, and carried them straight home so I could try them on. Um. Either there's something about their construction that I don't understand, or they're supposed to have really ugly tails sticking out of the sleeves and the hood. Oh, dear, the hood. It came with instructions, but I can't seem to get it to look right, probably because most of it hangs down my back. Sigh. At least Mom and Dad Pony are coming for graduation, and they can help me with the outfit. They've both worn hoods, and Little Sister Pony's college had hoods for undergraduates, so Mom and Dad Pony have some experience with the things.

As far as I can tell, I look just about as doofy as I did when I graduated from the Fairest College. I think it's the mortarboard. Thank goodness the University of Chicago has soft caps for its Ph.Ds.

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plorkwort
May. 11th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
Hee! See what I mean about the tripping-over? The arm dangly-things actually look ok if you have your arms down at your sides, but if you try to put your arms out or move they get caught in things - I surmised this was a zombie-prevention measure, since they're impossible if your arms ar straight out in front.

What colors are yours?
frenchpony
May. 11th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
You mean they're supposed to stick out? Bleh. I thought they got tucked inside for that poofy-sleeve look.

The cap and gown are black. The hood is black with red satin lining and a white velvet border. Somehow, that's all supposed to get twisted up attractively so you can see the red and the white, but I can't quite figure out how to do it. But that's why God invented mommies.
dawtheminstrel
May. 11th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
Those dangly sleeves are popularly known as bat wings. The good part is you can put stuff in them. On occasions when I haven't been able to duck going to graduation, I've sometimes carried a book.

The hood is a mystery, and the velvet covered doctoral ones will choke you to death if you don't tie them to a button on your shirt.
frenchpony
May. 11th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Part of the instructions with this hood were to pin it to your shirt or dress.

Good tip with the book. I'll have to try that. The University is humongous, and it'll be a long ceremony.
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frenchpony
May. 11th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the rental people said they'd be around the gate to help anyone who needed it. Must be a bitch and a half for them, since the school is so big.
dot_o_choillmor
May. 11th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
I always pinned the hood (we call it the "colours") to the front of the gown. It's heavy enough that it'll start to go backwards and end up choking you if you don't. Don't worry about the back - no-one has ever figured out what exactly it's supposed to look like, as far as I know. It really does hang down in a weird way. You just need the front to look right! The worst thing about the mortarboard is the red mark it leaves on your forehead because you want it tight enough that it won't fall off... I had those weird sleeves on the gown for my BA graduation. Luckily for the next one the gown had armholes - much better!
frenchpony
May. 11th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
Mortarboards are just generally doofy. There's no way that you can't look doofy in them. I like Daw's idea of putting a book in the bat sleeves. This could be a long commencement, and it's only half of the graduate degrees.
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meggins
May. 12th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
I was at my sister-in-law's pinning (R.N.) ceremony today and I think I fell asleep a couple of times! This was for a class of slightly over fifty, so that book is a good idea.

I seem to remember some kind of hood thing for my college (undergrad) graduation, but it was attached to the gown. Much less complicated.

Anyway, don't worry about the regalia. Everyone else will look doofus, too. Enjoy (?) the ceremony as much as possible. Once again, congratulations!
frenchpony
May. 12th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
That's really what it's all about, isn't it? A thousand bright, hopeful young faces under silly hats.
perelleth
May. 12th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
I'd ask for pics but...

Anyway, do enjoy, it is well deserved. (The grad, not the doofy look). It is all about perfecting the art of listening with apparent interest, sleeping with your eyes open, or reading a book in total secrecy. It is all about survival!
frenchpony
May. 12th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)
It is all about perfecting the art of listening with apparent interest, sleeping with your eyes open, or reading a book in total secrecy.

How true. That perfectly describes our colloquium as well as the ceremony itself.

There are no pictures yet, so don't feel deprived.
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elliska
May. 12th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Enjoy your graduation FP! (Silly outfit and all). And smart of you to pick a school with an attractive gown and cap for your PhD program. ;-)
frenchpony
May. 14th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
It's tomorrow! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

And I do believe that one should consider one's prospective academic attire, since one might well find oneself wearing it every year at commencements forever'n'ever. Had I gone to Harvard, I'd have been stuck wearing a hot pink gown. Yuck!
dot_o_choillmor
May. 14th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
Have fun today, FP! I hope it all goes well. Enjoy your time in the spotlight - you deserve it. I have my banner ready. *waves it excitedly*
frenchpony
May. 14th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! One of my friends from U-Band promised to whistle his clarinet for me when they call my name.
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