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Transgender's Graduation Ceremony

Thammasat transgenders permitted to wear female graduation gown gets nod from Higher Education Commission

Thai Rath Thursday shows one of five new male graduates who are allowed to dress as female students in graduation ceremony this month.

Thai Rath Thursday shows one of five new male graduates who are allowed to dress as female students in graduation ceremony this month.

Thammasat University could allow new male graduates with "women's heart" to dress as female students for the graduation ceremony providing this is in line with the university's regulations, Assoc Dr Piniti Ratananukul, deputy secretary general of Office of the Higher Education Commission said on Thursday.



However, he said that he did not want students of other universities to demand this as a right, as the dress code has to be in line with each university's rules.

"I do not wish to see students of any other university demanding such rights because the regulations on this matter differ from institute to institute. I personally believe that students' uniforms are holy and special and ones should consider the appropriateness," he said.

Those who are granted the right should dress properly, he added.

Thai Rath newspaper online report Thursday that five new transgender graduates of Thammasat University have been allowed to dress as girls for the royallysponsored ceremony at the end of this month.

The paper said the university has consulted with the Royal Household Bureau about the wishes of the five students, who were born male, to dress as female students for the ceremony and the bureau replied that it was the university’s decision.

Thai Rath said the university agreed to allow the five to get dress in the female uniform because they have studied as girl students and the university felt it would be cruel to force them to wear the male uniform for the ceremony.

The commencement will be held on August 30. A fulldress rehearsal takes place held on August 25.


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