As commencement week for college graduates has just passed, do you know what are the true meanings of the cap and gown?

In the 12th century, due to insufficient heating systems, students were forced to wear long robes to keep warm. Gowns then became the official attire of academics in 1321. The traditional gown signifies a graduate’s specific major during the commencement such as pink for music.

The graduation cap also has its links in history. Sometimes called a mortarboard, the cap became popular in the 14th and 15th centuries. They were worn by artists and students to 13228087_1069531259781402_425088892_nhighlight superiority and intelligence and were usually red to signify blood and life.

So if you or a loved one just graduated this month, be sure to wear that cap and gown with pride!