Wearing stoles

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Some student groups and organizations create or purchase their own stoles for members to wear at Commencement. These stoles must be approved in advance by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Approvals will only be granted to groups or organizations that meet all the guidelines below and submit a request for approval.

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 uwtstudentaffairs@uw.edu.

Organizations are responsible for the ordering and distribution of approved stoles.

Approval Process

New requests (or changes to approved stoles) must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Must be a Registered Student Organization (RSO) in good standing.*
  2. Requests to wear stoles at the 2020 Commencement ceremony must be submitted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (uwtstudentaffairs@uw.edu) in writing by April 17, 2020.
    Requests must include:
    • Statement indicating approval from the RSO advisor
    • An image proof of the stole to be ordered or worn.

*If you are a student with membership in a professional organization you may submit a request to wear a stole representing that organization. The same process above should be followed.

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 uwtstudentaffairs@uw.edu.