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Personal/Dork Whine: Mortar Boards = Academic Fashion Death 
19th-May-2010 08:47 am
Marquette University
Aaauuggghhh!!! Mortar boards?!! Every picture I saw of Marquette Ph.D. robes had tams, not mortar boards! I never would have come here if I'd known I had to graduate in a propeller-beanie and not a cool tam! I guess all the cool Marquette people have tams made instead when they buy their robes.
19th-May-2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Yep, you can't rent a tam, you have to buy it -- mortarboards are cheap and thus disposable. My mother is disappointed I didn't order a tam (yet).

Devoney bought her tam on eBay, FYI...
19th-May-2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I glanced at those last night: but it's too late to try to get anything here by Sunday morning. Stupid mortar boards!

I didn't even consider buying yet, even though I'll have to for future hoopla. Someone once told me – I can't remember who, now: it could just as easily have been you – that you should hold off on ordering them from the big company that does all this stuff, and have them made by a tailor, as you can get better material that drapes better and is fairly priced. If I'm remembering that correctly, that could be reasonable. I see the place that sells them on eBay is cheaper than what I saw from the company yesterday, although I had an interesting time talking with the doctoral robes rep, who gave me some suggestions on having a set made, like having crimson (theology) piping on the chevrons, and such.

Edited at 2010-05-19 04:22 pm (UTC)
19th-May-2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Chase has an uncle who is a dean, who connected him to a good custom regalia guy... i'll passalong the info when I get it...
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