[TACRAO] Listserv Commencement Ceremony & the Decorated Graduation Cap

Fry, Dr Bobbye G. fry at uiwtx.edu
Mon Jun 3 13:25:38 CDT 2013

Greetings All,
                We had a student attach a motherboard to his mortarboard once but had a second thought when I gave him that "registrar frown" and he quickly removed the motherboard.  Although we have a stated dress code, there is always one or two that slip through and don't receive the frown.  If the embellishment were outlandish or obscene, we would remove it.  Has not been a problem so far.

                As for dress policies, I had one outlandish event at my previous institution.  A student cut his gown off just above the knee level and then reattached the gown with Velcro.  When he appeared in the line-up, he wore dress slacks and shoes.  However, as he stepped on the stage, the student behind him grabbed his gown and pulled the bottom half off.  The student stood there in a speedo and flip-flops and strutted across the stage.  At that time, we gave the real diplomas on stage so I pulled up an empty folder, instead of the folder with the real diploma, and handed it to the president who shook his hand as the student crossed the stage.  I gave the diploma to the president afterward and the student had to meet with the president and apologize before he could receive his diploma.


From: tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu [mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu] On Behalf Of Ledesma, Lourdes
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2013 5:31 PM
To: tacrao at tamuc.edu
Subject: [TACRAO] Listserv Commencement Ceremony & the Decorated Graduation Cap

Hello everyone,

I'd like to ask how many of you allow your students to decorate the graduation cap or mortarboard?  If you do allow the student to decorate their caps, can you share a copy of any policy, guidelines, etc. related?  If you don't, what kind of guidelines, policy, etc do you have in place?

Thanks in advance!

[cid:image002.jpg at 01CE605D.D62691C0]Lourdes Ledesma
Associate Registrar
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, Texas 77058
(281)283-2537 FAX (281)283-2530
ledesma at uhcl.edu<mailto:ledesma at uhcl.edu>
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