Its graduation day and time to walk on stage in King’s Hall, collect your parchment and revel in the culmination of all your hard work at Newcastle University. You’ve picked up your gown and hood from the Students’ Union and then it hits you-you haven’t got a clue how to wear this thing. Let me put your mind at ease with four simple steps for wearing your graduation gear like a boss. Although there’s no dress code for graduation ceremonies, if you wear a light colored shirt or blouse with dark trousers or a skirt like these guys, you’re off to a good start.
If you absolutely have to wear something without buttons on the top, you best pack some safety pins. You’ll see why soon. This part easy just put that on like you would a jacket, one sleeve at a time, then leaves it opens at the front. This is the tricky bit. Hold the hood in front of you with the loop facing downwards, and then place it neatly over your shoulders. Get the loop and hook it around one of your shirt or blouse buttons See why having a buttoned top was a good idea now? If you’ve not got buttons, this is where the safety pin comes into play. With the hood in place, it’s time to show your colors.
Turn the bottom half of the hood outwards so the colored lining is on display Unless you’ve got extra arms and eyes in the back of your head, you might need a bit of help with this part to get it looking just right and you’re dressed Now strike a pose and get your pictures in At Newcastle University our graduations are hooding ceremonies so you’ll need to enter the King’s Hall with your hood folded over your right arm. Don’t worry; there’ll be someone there to help you at this point. You’ll then be hooded on stage as part of the ceremony as the crowd’s cheer and you wipe a tear from your eye – your first tears as a graduate and that’s how you wear your gown like a boss for graduation. Well done for graduating and welcome to the Newcastle University alumni family.