[Academic regalia Mortor Board (cap), black felt with golden tassels]
Patterson, Frederick D., 1901-1988
Fiberboard, felt, cloth, and metal tassels.
Academic Cap;" Mortar board"
Academic regalia Mortor Board (cap) with golden colored metal tassels and two decorative buttons, belonging to Dr. Patterson.
Academic regalia (or attire) began centuries ago and is deep-seated with tradition from various academic institutions. Once worn on a regular basis while attending academic institutions (and in some institutes, still worn daily) academic regalia have since become attire for ceremonial purposes only.
Dr. Patterson earned many Honorary Degrees, from Wilberforce University in 1941, to Paine College in 1985.
Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson was born in 1901 in Washington, DC. His tenure at Tuskegee University started in 1928 and spanned almost 25 years as the Head of the Veterinary division, Director of the School of Agriculture and finally as Tuskegee's third president. Patterson founded the United Negro College Fund in 1944. In 1987 President Ronald Reagan awarded Dr. Patterson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.