OK to wear doctoral robes without a doctorate?
June 2, 2007 8:12 AM Subscribe
Is it OK to wear a doctoral robe at a High School graduation when you do not have a doctorate?
posted by Flood to education (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I took a one year position at a small Catholic High School in the New York area.
At the recent graduation ceremony, the event program listed the Principal as having graduate from a certain university. This is a famous and prestigous Catholic university, with well known school colors, due to the university's famed sports program. The principal holds a master's degree from that university, the event program did mention what type of degree he holds.
The principal, however, did not wear a master's degree robe. He wore a doctoral robe, with the school colors of his university. To me, this made it appear that he had earned a doctorate from that university.
I was told that it was a "provost robe" - in other words, as the head of the school, he has a right to wear the fancy doctoral robes. I have never heard a "provost robes" - have you? Wouldn't a provost robe have the high school colors, not the school colors of his university.
All of the other faculty seem to think this is no big deal. It is, apparently just for the pageantry of the high school graduation. It is a small, tight-knit faculty. I am leaving the school soon, so it is not a very big deal to me either.
But, I still think that it is kind of wrong. Am I crazy? Are graduation robes no big deal? What do you think?