Penn State commencement procession

Penn State commencement procession

Penn State commencement procession

Penn State's commencement exercises begin with a procession of faculty and student marshals who represent their colleges, led by a faculty member bearing the University Mace, a symbol of academic ceremony and authority. The types, styles and colors of caps and gowns worn by students and faculty trace their origins to the Middle Ages.

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