In the midst of the #graduation season it is easy to accept the traditional “#cap and #gown” as part of the #tradition without asking the question of its origin? In the midst of all the “Pomp and Circumstance” with the jubilation of students and family alike, it is almost too easy to forget the roots of the #academic attire and the #symbols that have become all too familiar. In the context of #academia, every #color and every symbol carries significance. In this art piece depicting a meeting of the doctors of the #University of #Paris in the 16th Century we are given a glimpse back. The hall these professors meet in is reminiscent of a #chapel. This is no coincidence. The foundations of the #UniversityofParis are in the Medieval #Church. Looking at the garb of those gathered, the hats resemble the birettas that modern day clerics are still permitted to wear. These would eventually give way to the #tams included in the academic regalia awarded to #doctors today. The robes, at the time of the foundation of the great universities, were the robes of those that would take up ministry. In some cases they have become synonymous with the cassock. The colors of the robes communicate that this is an interdisciplinary meeting. Traditionally, #Red indicates #Theology, #Blue represents #Philosophy, and #Gray marks people of the Oratory skills – such as speaking and argumentation. Also noted in this piece are the scepters that sometimes lead the #faculty to their seats at department functions at universities. These are symbolic of the mastery the #professors have over their subjects. The presence of three in this piece implies that there is faculty from three different disciplines present. Much can be drawn from a piece like this. It is a reminder that there is more communicated by the regalia of the academic world.