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What is the Stole of Gratitude?

Hasn't every graduate had a special person who, through moral or financial support, made a big difference in his or her life? The Stole of Gratitude offers a tangible opportunity to say, "Thanks for helping me make it through. Thanks for making it possible for me to succeed. I didn't do this alone."

The Stole of Gratitude is worn during the commencement ceremony. After the ceremony, the new graduate presents the stole to someone who provided extraordinary help or support, like parents, relatives, or mentors who have helped with wisdom, words of support, or with financial assistance. Immediately after graduation, the graduate may take the stole from around his/her neck and place it around the neck of the recipient. If more than one stole is worn during commencement, they symbolize multiple persons will receive Stoles of Gratitude.

Stoles of Gratitude may be decorated. Presenters often write a few words of love and appreciation on the back of the stole using a permanent, fine-tipped marker. Recipients will never forget the kindness inherent in the recognition and sentimental feelings connected with being presented the Stole of Gratitude. The Stole of Gratitude is a lasting symbol of love, appreciation, and academic accomplishment.


Available to buy in store starting mid-April!

You can purchase the stole when ordering your cap and gown online ( If you missed the online deadline, you can purchase your stole in the bookstore starting mid-April.