cap and gown

noun
a ceremonial mortarboard and gown worn by faculty, students, etc., as at commencement.


Origin:
1855–60

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cap and gown

Ceremonial dress worn at graduation exercises; by extension, the academic community (also see town and gown. For example, Mary was very proud) when she received her cap and gown for commencement. [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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In the line there were also various other officers and professors, clad in cap and gown.
And as this organization knows, even a little money can go a long way toward helping a college student earn their cap and gown.
Let us keep our eyes on the prize of getting more students in a cap and gown.
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