This spring, millions of capped and gowned kids will proudly cross stages all over America in celebration of their academic achievements. But how much do you know about the origin of these traditions? Try our quiz below and find out:
1. An early version of the mortarboard, or cap worn by grads, was worn in the Middle Ages by A) the nobility B) the clergy C) the military
2. Some researchers speculate that the robes of early scholars were black in order to A.) disguise ink stains B) symbolize the death of the old self C) mimic the dress of the nobility
3. “Pomp and Circumstance” was not originally meant for graduation; in fact, one of its earliest performances was for A) a wedding B) a coronation C) a funeral
4. Diplomas were originally made of A) rawhide B) moleskin C) sheepskin
Answers: 1(B); 2(A); 3(B); 4(C)
Need a refresher course? Read on to learn about the history behind some of our most time-honored graduation traditions.