Many student groups and organizations create or purchase stoles for members to wear at Commencement ceremonies. These stoles must be approved in advance by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Approvals will be granted to groups or organizations that meet all the guidelines below and submit a request for approval by the posted deadline.
Although 2021 Commencement programming may be shifted to a virtual or postponed model (please review the Commencement site homepage for details), request for stoles (either as a memento or to be warn as part of a student's participation in 2021 activities) are still being considered and approved. We welcome this tradition of recognition to continue. If your organization has an approved stole on file from a previous year AND there are no changes, you do not need to request approval again.
If you believe your organization has an approval but it is not listed or the stole pictured is not the current design, please contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor at email@example.com.
Registered Student Organizations (RSO) Requests
To be considered for approval, all new requests (or changes to a prior approval) must meet the following guidelines and include the appropriate materials:
Must be a Registered Student Organization (RSO) in good standing
Requests to wear stoles at the 2021 Commencement ceremony must be submitted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org) in writing by April 30, 2021. Requests must include:
Statement indicating approval from the RSO advisor on record
An image/proof of the stole to be ordered or worn
It is our experience, as an evolving campus with unique groups and programming, that there may be some requests that don't fully meet the listed criteria, but warrant consideration for approval. If you believe that your group or organization should be granted permission to wear a stole please submit your request as described above along with a detailed statement and the required materials/approvals. Students with memberships to a professional organization may also submit requests, following the same criteria.
The office of the Vice Chancellor continues to evaluate stole requests, criteria and our evaluation process. Any changes to criteria or processes will be posted on this webpage. If you have submitted a request and have not received a response, please be patient as requests are now being reviewed and responded to on a weekly basis.
Note: Stoles are the only permissible accessory that will be granted approval to be worn during the ceremony. NO CORDS (outside baccalaureate, faculty and global honors) will be approved.
Students wishing to wear a stole representing their organization should check the list of approved stoles or contact the advisor for their organization. If you are not sure who the advisor for a specific organization is, please contact email@example.com. Organizations are responsible for the ordering and distribution of approved stoles.