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So I have graduated. I wanted to thank all my friends who have made high school good. I also wanted to thank all the people who weren’t my friends and all the villains and antagonists who made high school interesting. I didn’t manage to keep the tears in at all. I thought I might but in the same way one might think about flying. I didn’t expect to remain dry-eyed.

I forgot my pirate tri-fold hat I was planning to swap out my cap with it right after graduation. Yaa.. well I am wearing it now. Speaking of the cap. I would really like to know the story behind that because they are too strange. I feel like they represent a book balanced on the head but I am probably wrong. Oh and if you didn’t know already Jibby is having an IB party tomorrow. The word was not spread well so I don’t know how many people know it is happening. His exact words about me telling everyone about his party was “Spread it like an STD!” So in that vein, give him a call. I am not going to be able to go seeing I have to work from 2:00-11:00 tomorrow. I just expect to see everyone at the other parties.

Neysha- I know you are leaving tomorrow morning and even if you aren’t here we are all thinking about you. I know I am. I know FIU will be great fun. Knock ‘em dead like Remedios the Beauty. I’ll post my graduation photos online and I expect everyone else to do the same. It was hard to say goodbye.


  1. Congratulations Hannah!

    I wasn’t able to attend graduation yesterday, but I was thinking about you, Brian, Andrew, Shane, Todd and all of the other seniors who have touched my life over the past three years. Campbell won’t be the same place without you, but on the upside, UGA is gaining a rather interesting, intelligent and creative personality!

    As to your question about the tri-corn hat….

    The tri-corner hat became extremely fashionable in the early 18th century, and its origins are quite practical. In the 17th century, the standard hat worn by the British Army was a round hat with a wide, floppy brim flipped up in the back – excellent for shading the eyes from the sun while shooting. The only problem was that it was HIGHLY impractical when one wanted to shoulder arms (done on the LEFT, not the right, btw). So rumour has it that soldiers started “cocking” or folding up the left side of the hat to make shouldering arms easier, leaving the right side down to shade the eyes. Over time, people started cocking the right side as well, mostly for aesthetic reasons, but also due to the fact that the pointed front made the hat rather aerodynamic, ensuring that it wouldn’t blow off in a high wind or on horseback. One could usually tell what regiment a soldier was in based on the “cockle”, or coloured pin, that he wore on his hat.

    Some days it pays to be an historical costumer. :)

    Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 11:53 AM | Permalink
  2. oops!

    Okay, I just realized that your question was about the ACADEMIC cap that goes with the gown normally worn at graduation. *sigh*

    Right then. The Academic cap…

    Dress for students of Universities was derived from the robes worn by various religious orders in Medieval times. Most of this dress was practical. The mortarboard cap that graduating students wear now is actually the amalgamation and evolution of Medieval and Renaissance headgear. Medieval monks shaved the tops of their heads in a practice known as tonsure. Because it could get cold in the winter when one was studying, monks adopted a cap known as the pileus which resembles the Jewish yarmulke. Around the middle of the 15th century, some people began to add a little point onto the top of the pileus or a little button.

    In the Renaissance, a style of hat known as the biretta (precursor to the beret, btw) became popular. You can see a picture of one here:

    The biretta was black, usually worn over the pileus, and was used to denote rank amongst scholars. A plain biretta was often worn by Masters students while a biretta with a button was worn by Doctors. By the 18th Century, the biretta had transformed into the square-shaped board covered by cloth that we recognize now. It was originally worn by just deans and chancellors, a tassel replacing the button. However, it evolved into required headgear (sans tassel) for students who thought the flat square resembled the tool stonemasons used to hold mortar for bricklaying. Thus, they nicknamed it a “mortarboard”.

    Since everyone wore similar black, Tudor-style robes, the only way to designate students from teachers was by their hats. A student who completed his Bachelor’s degree, would receive a tassel to wear on his mortarboard, designating him as a Master’s candidate. Master’s students graduating to the Doctorate degree would buy an entirely different hat (more like a cap or a beret) to signify their rise in status.

    Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 12:17 PM | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    Re: oops!

    thanks a lot Actually the history of both hats interest me. I enjoyed your explanation.

    Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 1:15 PM | Permalink
  4. shonuff2k wrote:

    Re: oops!

    I learned something today.

    Monday, May 23, 2005 at 2:17 AM | Permalink
  5. planetpigmy wrote:

    hehe thanks Kiddo! I miss you!

    <3 Ney

    Monday, May 23, 2005 at 5:40 PM | Permalink
  6. and thanks to you too. i’m going to miss you, kid. while i’m out on the west coast denying myself the pleasure of impractical art classes, i will bask in the mental image of you at UGA, painting with bright colors, and laughing. and being hannah.

    Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 1:35 AM | Permalink
  7. planetpigmy wrote:

    oh btw Hannah…I have this picture of you and Brian and I thought it was adorable and you guys should have it too!

    Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 6:19 PM | Permalink

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