Graduation day. The culmination of years of hard work. Dressed in cap and gown, walking up on stage to collect your degree. The thought might’ve helped you through the trials of late-night study, group assignments, and pre-exam jitters. And, if you've graduated from VU this year, the real experience is still a vivid memory.
The cloak, cap, and traditions that are synonymous with graduations are seen in these ceremonies right around the world.
But what do they signify and why did they come about? We take a look at the origins of these enduring traditions.