Bachelor's candidates: Place tassel on right side of mortar board. Following conferral of degree, place tassel on left side. Master's candidates: Place tassel on left side of mortar board.
Wear it squarely on top of the head, board parallel to the floor; not cocked to the sides, forward, or back.
Fourragères should be worn pinned to the left shoulder of your gown. Pin the fourragères halfway between the shoulder seam and the collar. The loop will drape over the outside of the sleeve with two cords hanging in front and two in back of the sleeve. Your arm should NOT go through the loop.
Bachelor's candidates: Every graduate has had a special person who, through moral or financial support, made a big difference in her or her life. The Stole of Gratitude offers an opportunity to say, "Thanks for helping me make it through, thanks for making it possible for me to succeed!" After the ceremony, the new graduate presents the Stole of Gratitude to someone who provided extraordinary support or who has helped with wisdom, words of encouragement, or 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. Presenters often write a few words of love and appreciation on the back of the Stole using a permanent, fine tipped marker. Friends and family of the graduate may autograph the front or back. The Stole of Gratitude is a lasting symbol of love, appreciation, and academic accomplishment.
REMINDER: Gowns (and hoods, if applicable) must be returned immediately following the ceremony in the Commons in University Center (lower level). In the event of rain, gowns must be returned to the upper level of the Athletics Building (concession stand). Look for signs marked "gown returns". If you do not return your gown, you will be charged a fee and your university records may be placed on hold.