Cambridge University allows Muslim students
to wear burkas under their mortar boards at graduation
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
- 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
- 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
'If a student has a religious
or cultural obligation to wear something then we absolutely