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WEST LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY
FRIDAY, JANUARY THIRTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN
UTH UNIVERSITYNEW J E R S E Y 1
THE ACADEMIC PROCESSION AND REGALIA
The commencement ceremony processional begins with faculty marshals designated by the provost leading the faculty
followed by the student marshals who lead the candidates for degree. The platform party follows and consists of
members of the president’s cabinet, vice provost for graduate studies, academic school deans, members of the Board of
Trustees, clergy, faculty council chair, honorary degree recipient and the president.
The history of academic dress reaches far back into the earliest days of the oldest universities. A statute of 1321 required
that all “Doctors, Licentiates, and Bachelors” of the University of Coimbra wear gowns. In England, in the second
half of the fourteenth century, the statutes of certain colleges prescribed the wearing of a long gown. In the sixteenth
and seventeenth centuries in Europe, the wearing of a robe often signified a degree candidate’s political or religious
affiliation; in the northern universities and those of the British Isles, the robes signified that tuition and boarding fees
of the wearer had been paid and also entitled him to special immunities in civil law—as well as providing him warmth
at lectures and chapel.
When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable system of academic apparel, a conference
held at Columbia University in 1895, made up of representatives from various institutions, drew up a “By-Law,
Regulation, or Statute” for the establishment of a suitable code of academic dress for colleges and universities in the
United States. This code, with modifications made in 1959 by the Committee on Academic Costumes and Ceremonies
of the American Council on Education, is still in force; the costumes and colors, trimmings, and patterns you will see
are traditional, and interpret both the degree and field of learning. The bachelor’s go