forced to wear dress/skirt to grad ceremony, why?

  1. Why do I have to wear a dress or skirt to graduation ceremony? A pair of dress pants would be just fine! The female grads were told if they wore pants, they couldn't walk. I mean really now, even for jury duty the ladies can wear pants! Will the pants make my boobs fall off?:angryfire
    •  
  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    To signify how important an event graduation is in your life. your school has chosen professional dress. It signifies it's just not an average happening.
    Dress up "spit and polish" the shoes (my son says) and take pride in this momentous event.
  4. by   barefootlady
    Maybe the school has the old fashioned idea that female graduates need to look like females and wear dresses. This was a requirement when I graduated and seems like one that time has not changed. Don't focus on the dress code, focus on the BIG EVENT. You have reached a mile stone and need to think of all of the positive things coming your way shortly. P.S. Congratulations.
  5. by   hock1
    My point is why is a dress so appropriate for a female. I think it's very sexist. I don't consider dresses professional attire either. Can anyone imaging a code situation in a dress? How bizzare that must have been. I do plan on focusing on my accomplishments. Don't intend for the dress code thing to totally ruin my day. Just frustrated.
  6. by   shygirl
    We did also. It looks so nice for the class picture. I hope I don't get bashed for this but, nursing was mostly for women back in the old days and your school probably has old fashioned ideas. Go along with it.

    Shygirl
  7. by   suzanne4
    Quote from vhope
    My point is why is a dress so appropriate for a female. I think it's very sexist. I don't consider dresses professional attire either. Can anyone imaging a code situation in a dress? How bizzare that must have been. I do plan on focusing on my accomplishments. Don't intend for the dress code thing to totally ruin my day. Just frustrated.
    I wore a dress for my entire nursing school education, actually the one with the pinafore over the front. If I remember correctly, we wore them almost every day of school, and I was in a hospital program. When I first finished school, nurses were only allowed to wear dresses or skirts. I think that I bought the first culotte skirt that came out for nurses. And codes got managed and trauma patients got taken care of. It is just a matter of what you are used to. We even had to wear our caps with our dresses.

    It is for one day only, I wouldn't get too worried about it. They are not making you wear matching unforms, just a dress or skirt.

    Now smile and go have a great ceremony....You will get thru it just fine.
  8. by   mercyteapot
    I don't know why your school has instituted this requirement, but it reminds me of an article written by a female Jeopardy contestant a couple of years ago. They make those women wear dresses or skirts too!
  9. by   Altra
    Quote from suzanne4
    And codes got managed and trauma patients got taken care of. It is just a matter of what you are used to. We even had to wear our caps with our dresses.

    Now smile and go have a great ceremony....You will get thru it just fine.
    A good point ... I'm not saying it's ideal, but somehow nurses did manage back in the day when dresses/skirts were the only option.

    For our graduation we have to wear all white, and I'm thinking that I would rather search out the right dress, as "old-fashioned" as that might seem, rather than put my rear into white pants! :chuckle
  10. by   Angelica
    Quote from vhope
    My point is why is a dress so appropriate for a female. I think it's very sexist. I don't consider dresses professional attire either. Can anyone imaging a code situation in a dress? How bizzare that must have been. I do plan on focusing on my accomplishments. Don't intend for the dress code thing to totally ruin my day. Just frustrated.
    I'm glad you're not going to let it ruin your day, but I agree that the requirement seems very sexist.
  11. by   Katnip
    A Code and graduation are two different things. Really, what harm is it going to do to wear a dress for one day?

    The consistency of dress looks much nicer than people wearing just any old thing. At my graduation women and men were wearing jeans under their gowns, and yes it was obvious. How tacky is that?

    Graduation is a special event in anyone's life. Dressing nicely for it, even if it means *gasp* a dress and hose shows a respect for tradition.

    Just my two cents.
  12. by   IamRN
    Quote from vhope
    my point is why is a dress so appropriate for a female. i think it's very sexist. i don't consider dresses professional attire either. can anyone imaging a code situation in a dress? how bizzare that must have been. i do plan on focusing on my accomplishments. don't intend for the dress code thing to totally ruin my day. just frustrated.
    our graduating class voted for females to wear dress uniforms. i owned at least a couple that i wore for clinicals...they weren't required, btw. however, i find performing my day to day duties (in a busy sicu) more comfortable in scrub pants (and shirt, of course! :chuckle) . otoh, i work (and have worked) w/nurses that choose to only wear dresses and i have never seen it get in the way of treating their patient, code or no code

    have a great ceremony! we had a "live" piano/singer perofrmance of (although, not by) garth brooks' the river i shed tears that day and to this day i always do when i hear it playing....

    you know a dream is like a river
    ever changin' as it flows
    and a dreamer's just a vessel
    that must follow where it goes
    trying to learn from what's behind you
    and never knowing what's in store
    makes each day a constant battle
    just to stay between the shores.

    (chorus)
    and i will sail my vessel
    'til the river runs dry
    like a bird upon the wind
    these waters are my sky
    i'll never reach my destination
    if i never try
    so i will sail my vessel
    'til the river runs dry.

    too many times we stand aside
    and let the waters slip away
    'til what we put off 'til tomorrow
    has now become today
    so don't you sit upon the shoreline
    and say you're satisfied
    choose to chance the rapids
    and dare to dance the tide.

    *chorus*
    and there's bound to be rough waters
    and i know i'll take some falls
    but with the good lord as my captain
    i can make it through them all.

    *chorus*
    yes, i will sail my vessel
    'til the river runs dry
    'til the river runs dry


  13. by   tirramisue
    Quote from vhope
    Why do I have to wear a dress or skirt to graduation ceremony? A pair of dress pants would be just fine! The female grads were told if they wore pants, they couldn't walk. I mean really now, even for jury duty the ladies can wear pants! Will the pants make my boobs fall off?:angryfire

    I was told the same for both high school and nursing school. Both times I was supporting myself, and no way could or would I spend money on a dress to be worn once. I wore a really nice pant suit that I had bought for job interviews to both graduations, and no one said a word. The graduation gowns cover almost everything, so what is the big deal?
  14. by   AmyLiz
    I wore a dress for high school graduation 16 years ago, for college graduation 10 years ago, and most likely will wear one for graduation from nursing school in 2-3 years. I don't see the big deal. You wear gowns over your clothes anyway. Heck, you could probably wear shorts & a t-shirt under the gown as long as you wore some nice shoes. If I was a guy & they told me I was to wear a shirt & tie, I'd do it. I guess I just figure that an important event like that, which is full of pomp & ceremony should be respected. I suppose if you are that offended, you could skip the ceremony, but if it were me, I'd just go with the flow. It's a rather trivial thing IMHO when you look at the big picture.

close