Mortarboards of the Class of 2013

Among the many impressive images from Final Exercises this weekend were photographs of mortarboards decorated by members of the Class of 2013.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest written record of the term “mortarboard” (as it applies to graduation hats, anyway) came in 1854 in “The Further Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, An Oxford Under-Graduate” by Cuthbert Bede.

In it, the author describes the mortarboard as an “academical cap,” a term we suspect Mr. Jefferson would have approved of. So here’s a look at the academical caps worn at the Academical Village during Final Exercises 2013. Click for bigger versions.

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(Photos: Cole Geddy and Justin Ide)




3 Comments on “Mortarboards of the Class of 2013

  1. Wow…and I thought writing “Thanks Mom & Dad” was creative. Some of these are amazing! The pediatric nurse one is great!

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