A graduation ceremony is one occasion that marks a very significant event. Aside from the meaningful event taking place the graduation attire plays an essential function and symbol of the whole occasion from the gown, academic cap and cord, hood and including the graduation stole or sash.
The graduation stole tradition has backdated to many years now and during this time, different kinds of stoles have emerged. Some of the most prominent type of stoles are the following:-
- Honour Stole – Traditionally, a graduation stole is worn to highlight academic achievements. Graduation stoles are often used to distinguish one’s outstanding accomplishments. Students that acquire high academic ranking are awarded with honour stoles. (eg Certificate, Diploma, Masters)
- Leadership Stole – This type of stole is worn by someone who is in a position of importance. They are worn to Ceremonies or Events to represent what their role or purpose is. After they have completed their required time of leadership, these stoles are normally handed to the next individual who has been elected. (e.g. School Captain, High Court representative, Master of Ceremonies)
- Organisation’s Stole – The wearing of stoles during graduation also denotes the idea of group affiliations. Various groups, clubs or organisations have their own distinct stole designs that their members proudly wear during the occasion. Religious and Cultural stoles are commonly used for this type.
- Graduate’s Stole or Sash – The most basic type of graduation stole is the sash that highlights the individual’s standing as a graduate. These graduation stoles or sashes are worn by a graduate during the ceremony and they usually have the word “GRADUATE” and the school’s logo and school year imprinted or embroidered on either side of the tail end.