Charlton Heston picked up an honorary doctor of fine arts degree and amused the crowd by wearing the academic hood backward.

Abilene Christian University President William J. Teague presented the honor during a private dinner Saturday at the Abilene, Texas, Civic Center, during which Heston, known for roles in films on biblical themes, read selections from the Old Testament book of Exodus.When he put on the hood - a fold of cloth worn over the back of a scholarly robe to indicate the earning of a degree - backward, the audience began to snicker and ACU board chairman H. Lynn Packer quipped, "That's OK. You can wear it as a bib or a hood."