Every May, thousands of students walk the Lawn in processions filled with black gowns, colorful tassels and deep slashes of rich velvet. Beyond that official regalia, students also express themselves by way of decorative cords around their necks and artistic works atop their mortarboards. (See some of our favorites from the recent past at uvamag.com/caps.)
Indeed, every part of every outfit tells a story. Here is Virginia Magazine’s guide to “reading” the vibrant regalia ahead of Final Exercises—with a few examples of the more than 1,000 possible combinations.