Recognition of Honors
Distinctive caps, gowns, and hoods have been worn at college and university functions since the Middle Ages, when scholarship was usually associated with a church or monastery. Over the years, the simple hooded gown or cassock evolved into a distinctive academic costume. As part of that academic tradition, students who excel in their studies are recognized for their achievement by wearing medallions with their gowns at graduation.
Today's academic regalia is profoundly symbolic of the reverence that is still held for the pursuit of knowledge and the achievement of scholarship.