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Background Of The Production Of Degree Clothing
- Aug 30, 2018 -

The tradition of graduation is traced back to the 12th century, when the first university was established in Europe. At that time, most of the students were clergy, or were determined to become clergy, and therefore did not admire excessive dress. 

Therefore, they are all dressed in plain color uniform clothing. When the university was first built, there was no building dedicated to the class, so the course was held in a nearby church. 

Their simple robes and coats were designed to keep them warm in the middle of the air-leaking medieval church, and their hats allowed them to cover the rain while outdoors. At the Oxford conference in 1222, Stephen Langton suggested that all priests should wear a long shawl, called Cappa clausa, outside the robe. 

The new university soon adopted the design, which became the hallmark of the degree suit. In 1321, Coimbra asked the students to wear a solid-coloured robe. In the Tudor dynasty, Oxford and Cambridge used this style as a standard for their degree suits. Later, for comfort, the coat was gradually discarded, while the robe was preserved. 

The color remains pure black. By the late 19th century, specific colors had been used to represent different academic fields, and the color standards had been constantly altered over the past hundreds of years.