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don_fitch on April 14th, 2016 04:36 pm (UTC)
I move hardly at all in academic circles any more, but I've actually _never_ (in 88 years) previously encountered the practice of different colors of Graduation Outfits based on the gender of the person wearing it.
Ulrikaakirlu on April 14th, 2016 07:52 pm (UTC)
There is apparently no end of the things people so inclined can get their knickers in a twist over. Every graduation I've ever attended including my own two was strictly gender neutral on the regalia.
(Anonymous) on April 14th, 2016 08:33 pm (UTC)
The school colors are purple and white. The obvious solution is a compromise: lavender.

-- Bruce Arthurs
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on April 15th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
When I graduated from high school in '75, the girls wore white and the boys wore black. When my daughter graduated in 2009, the girls wore white and the boys wore red. It's a *thing* in some high schools, and not in others. By college graduation, everyone wears black, because nobody cares anymore; they just want to be done and outta there.

Really, if there hadn't been any Statement of the socio-political reasons for the change, that school could have just quietly gone to all-purple, and nobody would have cared enough to fuss about it.