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NEW COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION FOR RELEASE: niURSDAY, FF.'BRUARV 16, 1967 Academic Costum Feature One of the colorful parts of the inauRural ceremonies of College Presid nt John Elmendorf W dnesday (Feb. 22) will be the pro-cession of faculty, delegat s, and p.uests in full academic robes. Those multi-colored oowns have lon tradition and each tells a special story. Academic owns today ar different in purpose than their ancient cousins. The fir t owns were worn at the F.uro ean universities in edieval times. They were the dai.ly dress for who 1:'ere all embers of the cler sine the universities were operated by church. The robe were quite functional, serving not only by their distinctiveness to sep rate learned .en from other but also oroviding warmth and protection. Over the years the robes und some but late in the nineteenth century, representatives of and met and beto au gest general standards to of the robeR. Those in the New inaugural procession wearinF plain black robes wfth lon pointed sleeves, will be the holders of bachelor's dev.rees. The bachelor's own is always black, is worn closed, and wtth a cap with a black tassel. -mre-
Academic Costume Feature Page 2 Those with higher de re wear a different type of n;own. Holders of doctoral desrees wear gowns faced down the front with v t.et trim and with three velvet hands on the arms. Sleeves are rounded. MeMl,ers of governin of institwtion may wear the doctoral and the gown cay be worn open. C ps or mortarboards are tradition lly b ack, but t oBe for doctors may be old. Most colorful p rt of the academ1c is the hood, worn around the neck and flowin down the b ck. Th atin trimr.d.ng of each hood signifies the colors of the college or university of thP. wearer. The velvet tri in the ee. Som of the dP.grees and the colors they ar represented y are: Art, Letters. Humanities t.aw -purnle; Philo-;ophy -dark blue. Science -golden yellow; Theolor,y carlet; Educntion -light blue; lusic --pink.