Hi! Why is " robe" in plural form? Thanks!The former Beatle changed from his suit into the traditional black graduation robes and mortarboard hat before collecting the accolade in front of a crowd of thousands of cheering students at Yale University.
Thank you, MashUK! I got it.
Don't expect the press to give accurate information.
Academic dress is of mortorboard (cap) and gown.
At Yale, it is only Ph.D. graduates who wear a robe and mortarboard - and it is singular! The Beatle received an honorary Doctorate in Music, which is not a Ph.D. He wore a cap and gown ( with trimming associated with the particular award)
Last edited by David L.; 29-May-2008 at 08:31.
Paul donned traditional black academic robes and carried his mortarboard hat as he received a Doctor of Music Award at the Ivy League school.And the photo supports that:
In my opinion, the London papers got it wrong. If you look at the photo, McCartney is wearing a single 'robe'...he is not wearing 'robes'.
Can you find another instance in print where the plural (robes) is used for a commencement recipient? I'd like to see it.
Thank you very much for your answers.
By the way, Soup, the sentence I quoted in Post 1 was from Daily Mail too. I can't find it any more.