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Thread #112827   Message #2392775
Posted By: MartinRyan
19-Jul-08 - 06:54 AM
Thread Name: Honorary doctorate for m.carthy
Subject: RE: Honorary doctorate for m.carthy
I recently had the pleasure of attending a conferring at Edinburgh University where my wife was receiving a (non-honorary) doctorate. The tradition in that institution is that graduates approach the Chancellor or a representative and are tapped on the head with a medieval student's bonnet. As there were several hundred degrees to confer, the direction of the flow past the august personage was reversed halfway through - so that he could practice his backhand, I suppose! It meant, of course, that no mortarboard or any other funny headgear was worn since it would have been sent flying!

p.s. The process is known as "gettin' a dunt from John Knox's breeches" for some reason.