The doctoral certificate and cappa

The cappa

When an honorary doctorate is conferred on someone, the conferring university or institute of higher professional education gives the honorary doctor a so-called 'cappa' (shoulder cape) as a sign of honorary distinction. This cappa is laid over his or her shoulder during the ceremony after presentation of the doctoral certificate. The honorary doctor has the right to wear this cappa during official ceremonies of the university or institute of higher professional education. By tradition within the academic world, each university or institute of higher professional education has its own model of cappa, clearly distinguishable from those of sister institutions.

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The doctoral certificate

The certificate which is presented to the honorary graduate was designed and calligraphed by Arie Trum of Eindhoven.