Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Hood. The academical hood, originally a variety of the monk's cowl, is worn by members of universities and of colleges which possess the right of conferring degrees. The material and colour of the hood denote the university and degree of the wearer. Hoods are also worn by "literates" or clergy of the Church of England not members of a university, and several Anglican theological colleges have distinctive hoods.