Graduation Cords and Stoles

The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College hold all of its graduates in high esteem.  In addition to the traditional cap and gown regalia, students who have excelled academically are entitled to wear honor cords. 

Graduation stoles may also be worn to signify achievement or participation through college organizations.  Significantly, we further choose to honor Veterans by permitting them to wear appropriate recognition at Commencement separately from any other provisions of this policy. Stoles and honor cords must be in keeping with the decorum of the event and the following guidelines:

HONOR CORDS - an honor cord is a token consisting of twisted cords with tassels on either end.  Their wearing signifies specific academic achievement or membership in a recognized academic honor group or society.  By tradition, more than one cord may be worn at the same time.

GRADUATION STOLE - a graduation stole is a decorative vestment worn by students who are members of college organizations for the purpose of recognizing achievement.  A stole takes the form of a cloth scarf-like garment worn over the shoulders adorned with the organization's colors and/or insignia. Members of organizations not based on academic merit are eligible to wear graduation stoles with the approval of the Dean of Students. A GRADUATING STUDENT MAY WEAR ONLY ONE STOLE OF THEIR CHOOSING. THE STUDENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF ANY SUCH REGALIA.

If your organization is interested in nominating a member for a graduation stole, please contact the Dean of Student's Office.