Regalia is always an issue - I never really worried too much about it. However, there are always some who make a BIG deal about it. I really didn't ever care to ask why hoods were certain colors and now I know. Big deal? Not really. Having an understanding of the history, maybe... I don't think anyone decides on a focus because of the color of their hood ;)
The big question seemed to be, "To which side do you place the tassel?" (Answer - once you've graduated on the left side of your head.) There may be people reading thinking, "Isn't she supposed to know this?" Again, let me reiterate, I don't think graduation attire is the most important part of academia. I wouldn't list it in the top 100.
Now live tweeting - is that important? I'm sure if you asked every other professor/instructor there they would say - that is SO Rude! Well, social media is important to me. There were 50 people who checked into graduation on four-square. I took pics and tweeted them during the ceremony. I could see "extra" excitement and pride from the tweets being disseminated.
I think it would have been cool to have a live (monitored) tweet screen so the audience could tweet their excitement!!!
I sat next to theatre professor, Jeffrey Lieder. He is very interesting. He told me about research that has been ongoing regarding the get-ups of academia. There really is no solid finding regarding the silly mortarboard (square hat). He also noted that the robe and hat was originally used for the purpose of staying warm.
I have yet another incentive to pursue a doctoral degree. I don't want to wear the silly winged sleeves of the masters outfit.
Well, it's back to grading. Ah #Grading