A student wore a bin bag to his graduation ceremony after claiming he was ‘too poor’ to buy mortarboard, cape and gown.
Will Radford, 23, earned a photography degree at the University of Gloucestershire.
He pulled off the stunt after claiming the £246 mortarboard, cape and gown set was too expensive.
Will said: “It was really expensive and I think it was such a shame that at the end of it I couldn’t wear a cape and gown.
“I’ve told a few friends and they think it’s hilarious.
“It’s a statement that I think, I’ve already paid enough for the course.”
The cape was £78, the gown £125 and the mortar board £43.
Will’s bin bag dress cost less than £2 and covered him from head to toe and only his face and hands were visible.
A photography BA student is applauded on stage after raising her arms in front of an audience while earning her degree from the University of Gloucestershire.
Will added: “I’ve been unemployed for most of the past year since I left university.
“I just moved to a new place and I’m at my final £100.
“I really can’t stand it, that’s not an exaggeration.”
The ceremony was broadcast live on YouTube from the Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse.
British painter Peter Edwards lauded the bin bag dress during his award speech after receiving an honorary doctorate in art.
“But I was thinking, it must be getting a little hot in there, but either way, a little deodorant would probably solve it.”
The painter said: “Hello everyone, I have not prepared anything, but first of all I want to say good to the boy in the bin bag, I thought it was fantastic.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Stephen Marston, said Cheltenham’s Will said he had completed his degree last year but the ceremony was delayed because of the pandemic.
Will said he owes £30,000 because of the degree, but he doesn’t regret taking it.
He said: “I really enjoyed the course and I benefited greatly from it, it’s not an insult to the course or the university at all. It was extremely fruitful.”