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Cambridge University allows Muslim students to wear burkas under their mortar boards at graduation

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Respect for the burka: Cambridge has clarified that clothing linked to religious observance is allowed at graduation

- Cambridge University will allow female Muslim students to wear burkas at graduation ceremonies, it emerged yesterday.

By tradition, students are required to wear dark suits and white shirts under their graduation gowns.

- Cambridge has clamped down on breaches of the rules after officials complained students were increasingly wearing casual clothes to ceremonies.

- They warned the code 'is strictly enforced at ceremonies, and if you do not observe it, you may not be permitted to graduate on a particular occasion'.

- Yesterday it clarified that clothing linked to religious observance, such as burkas, would still be allowed.

- Scottish students who want to wear kilts instead of the regulation dark suits and white bow-ties have already challenged the rules.

- After an outcry, the university said the wearing of kilts, saris and kimonos would be allowed at the discretion of individual colleges.

- Yesterday, it said burkas could also be worn under mortar boards to graduation ceremonies, as well as during tutorials and lectures.

- Membership of Cambridge's Islamic Society suggests it has around 600 Muslim students.

- A university spokesman said: 'Religious dress and cultural observations are allowed at graduation.

'If a student has a religious or cultural obligation to wear something then we absolutely respect that.'