Today in NC State History: Students concerned about caps

February 21, 2013
By Bill Krueger

blog_series6Perhaps the students wanted their professors to be more like them. Or maybe they just were looking for a greater sense of formality as they prepared to enter the real world after college.

Whatever the reason, the senior class at State College voted on this day in 1934 to ask faculty members to wear caps and gowns during graduation ceremonies “or else refrain from taking part in the procession,” according to a story in the Technician. There was no reason given in the story for the students’ concerns.

But they did seem to have an interest in caps, for they also voted during the meeting at the YMCA in favor of freshmen being required again to wear caps on campus. The requirement had been lifted a few years earlier after complaints that the caps were used to identify freshmen for hazing.

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