Look back at Sonoma County’s graduates

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.


As May draws to a close, thousands of Sonoma County high school and college graduates will don a cap and gown and celebrate their hard-earned achievement.

The traditional graduation attire dates back to 12th-century Europe, where clergy wore robes and hoods. Students adopted the garb to mark their passage from student to graduate — and keep them warm in drafty medieval halls.

Hoods transitioned to caps in the 14th century, and tassels where added much later. The movement of tassel from right to left and the tossing of the cap both are used to symbolize this life transition.

Alternatively, some female students wear a white dress and carry a bouquet of roses on graduation day. This tradition dates back to the early 1900s and mimics the formal presentation attire donned by debutantes at their coming-out balls.

Click through our gallery above to view photos of Sonoma County graduates way back when.

Please read our commenting policy
  • No profanity, abuse, racism, hate speech or personal attacks on others.
  • No spam or off-topic posts. Keep the conversation to the theme of the article.
  • No disinformation about current events. Claims of "Fake News" will be delayed for moderation
  • No name calling. "Orange Menace", "Libtards", etc. are not respectful.
Send a letter to the editor

Our Network

Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Emerald Report
Spirited Magazine