As graduation draws near, let’s take a moment to reflect on the tradition of graduation and its regalia.

Academic regalia refers to the hat and robe worn by graduates at commencement ceremonies. They date to medieval times and the mortar board most resembles the “biretta” worn by Roman Catholic clergy. Depending on the level of matriculation, a cap (mortar board), tam or bonnet is worn.

Various ceremonies, some of them with quite ancient roots, have grown up in universities to celebrate the awarding of degrees. The robe originally had a “hood” for protecting the head, but now there are caps and mortar boards so that your hood is actually what is left on the original hood. Be glad that you receive your cap and gown and hood at graduation (for master’s degree candidates), because there was a time when robes were worn to class!

At University College, we are aware of the commitment it takes to earn a degree and the challenge it can be to study evenings and online while maintaining a work, family, life balance. It is out of deep respect for your dedication and accomplishment that we extend to you, and those who have supported you, our sincere congratulations!

University College Graduation Celebration and Reception

If you haven’t submitted your RSVP for the June 2 Graduation Celebration and Reception yet, please RSVP to Tina Miller (303-871-3945 or by May 15.

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: 2344 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80208

University of Denver Commencement

For more information about the University of Denver Graduation Commencement (for master’s degree candidates on June 3 and for undergraduate degree candidates on June 4), please visit the DU commencement website.

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