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The standardizations of academic regalia in the Middle Ages model a convergence of European wisdom traditions. As the first universities emerged, academic gowns were adopted from the Christian Clergy, whose attire came from the Catholicism of Rome, which drew from older Classical and near eastern adornments. Mortarboards, the oddest articles in all of academia, were named after the Masonry tool that shares its shape.* Whether or not the Masters' Hood represents the heightened intelligence of Druids remains up for debate. Across centuries and around the world, these are the vestments of a college graduate.
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