What Should I Wear to My Graduation?

With graduation around the corner, a reader wonders how to approach an open-ended dress code.

I am looking for something to wear to my graduation. There is no dress code, which has left me in a sea of confusion. Does this mean anything goes? Or should I invest in something I can wear on other occasions in the future? — Molly, Washington, D.C.

The official graduation uniform — the cap and gown — has its origins in medieval universities, which were designed (see what I did there?) to educate clergymen. Emphasis on the “men.” These religious-leaders-in-training adapted and adopted the robes and hats of the jobs for which they were destined,

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