Statisticians dress in rose and accountants arrive in drab; foreign service specialists flaunt peacock blue, and podiatrists put their best foot forward in Nile green--robe trim, that is, on Commencement Day. This information is to be found in Scholars On Parade, a reference guide to academic regalia, symbols, and degrees. The first of its kind, this work skims the history of higher education since the Middle Ages, focusing on the American institutions. The survey is rather superficial, marked by long lists of colleges with their founding dates, plus explanations of the choice each made for its distinctive plumage. The author doesn't question whether this fuss is necessary, though the reader may. But if he wants to find out what light setting Mom should use when she films his hood trim as he receives his M.S. Orn. Hort. (Master of Science in Ornamental Horticulture) he can check this out of the library.