Queen's University Convocation Ceremony

Photo by Garret Elliot

Courtesy of Queen's University

Academic Regalia and the Academic Hooding Ceremony

The academic regalia hood is distinctly British and is worn by graduates of English speaking universities all over the world. Its original form was the upper part of the cowl worn by the Monks and Friars of the middle ages.

The academic regalia will vary by design and colour scheme to indicate faculty level of academic degree achieved as well as a post at university.  At Convocation, the undergraduate carry in their hood draped over their arm. The graduate goes to the stage where their hood is taken  by the faculty representative who takes the hood and drapes it over the head of graduates to signify the students’ success in completing their program.