Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19023 posts, RR: 53 Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1103 times:
Nowadays you normally have to pay for your graduation outfit (I did not when I was an undergraduate), so on that basis it seems fair that people should be able to wear what they like. However, I also understand the need for everyone to look smart and professional and so forth, so I can see that point-of-view too. It must be borne in mind that graduation is a two-way thing: for the student (and his or her friends and family) and for the university. Accordingly, it seems fair that compromises are made on both sides. Would you see a student on graduation day wearing ripped jeans and a T-shirt? Of course not. I think that so long as the student looks smart and so forth, then I do not really see the problem with wearing your national 'dress.'
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EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37 Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1087 times:
Such maturity in this thread. Last time I checked, Cambridge was in England. What right do you guys have to have a say in what people can and cannot wear when graduating from a University in OUR country? I can imagine if there were a top university that English students were willing to attend in Scotland or Wales then you wouldn't be too happy for us English to be wearing similar patriotic attire and even less happy to hear us moaning about it. But then again, you don't HAVE a university that English students are desperate to attend, do you? But it's ok, Cambridge is run by a load of brainless idiots! I think the key line that you guys missed was "with other forms of national dress and armed forces uniforms.", this includes us English as well. But you don't care about that do you, it's just another case of us English oppressing your national identity. So typical of your centric attitudes to immediately believe that the English are on a tirade to stamp out nationalism in our fellow UK countries.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54 Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1034 times:
Quoting Gkirk (Reply 9): Oh, and the English national dress is Shirts and Ties anyway
Actually, I think it's that get-up you see the Morris Men wear. God knows why.
It seems more than a bit petty to be honest. I'll bet some bright spark thought it'd be a good idea to ban "national dress" not even thinking about the likes of kilts, and then they have to stand behind it. More than anything, it just shows how stupid the idea was in the first place, doesn't it?
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Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 55 Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 966 times:
Should point out here that its not just the Scots who wear kilts as part of their national dress - however it would be pretty hypothetical to include the Cornish in a debate on national dress at Cambridge graduations
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