Trust the art schools to go against tradition!
For the graduation ceremony at MICA (The Maryland Institute, College of Art) in Baltimore, we wore a velvet beret for graduation instead of the usual mortarboard. That was many years ago.
But, I mean, come on, I only get to graduate once and was so looking forward to throwing my hat up in the air—or is that the Navy who does that?
Anyway, because we're artists now, and artists don't know what the words convention or tradition mean—we throw that all back, we have to wear those round velvet blobs that didn't even cover my bad hair day—what the?
I still occasionally wear the beret in combination with another felt floppy hat though.