[TACRAO] Listserv SMU: Commencement Regalia Questions

Hall, John A. (University Registrar) jhall at mail.smu.edu
Thu May 1 15:27:28 CDT 2014

Here is what we tell candidates at SMU re regalia....
The academic marshals enforce the regalia code.
Good luck!

All participating candidates must wear SMU custom academic regalia. No honor cords, decorations or adornments are worn to the morning ceremony. This includes stoles provided to you by your school or student group. Students without regalia will be directed to the SMU bookstore to rent a cap and gown. For more information regarding the proper attire, please see Academic Regalia<http://www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/Registrar/AcademicCeremonies/MayCommencement/Candidate/Regalia.aspx>.
Regalia Instructions
All participating candidates must wear SMU custom academic regalia. Pre-ordered regalia is available for pickup at the SMU Bookstore beginning May 10.
Per the University Administration, honor ribbons, medals, flowers, decorated mortarboards and other adornments may not be worn during the ceremony. Adornments are confiscated and ruined mortarboards are replaced at the student's expense.
Baccalaureate Candidates
Appropriate attire includes mortarboard with tassel, robe and stole of gratitude. Tassels are worn on the right until students are instructed during the ceremony to move them to the left.
Post Baccalaureate Candidates
Appropriate attire for Master's candidates includes mortarboard with tassel, robe and hood for the degree to be received. All post baccalaureate candidates rent/purchase hoods from the bookstore and wear them to the ceremony.
Ph.D. and D.E. candidates
Appropriate attire for Ph.D. and D.E. candidates is a doctoral robe and mortarboard with a doctoral tassel.  Hoods are placed on the candidates during the ceremony when degrees are awarded. The hood is a gift from the University to the student.

If you want more, please go to http://www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/Registrar/AcademicCeremonies/MayCommencement/Candidate/Regalia

From: tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu [mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu] On Behalf Of Sam Carrell
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2014 3:00 PM
To: 'tacrao at tamuc.edu'
Subject: [TACRAO] Listserv Commencement Regalia Questions

Good afternoon everyone.

We have been asked to review our policies covering commencement regalia other than honor cords for Summa/Magna/Cum Laude (which we confer on stage). As part of that we have been tasked with looking into how other Texas campuses, in particular other UT System schools, handle students wanting to walk at commencement with regalia items other than those honor cords (IE. Greek stoles, decorated mortar boards, society medallions, etc.). Any responses provided to the questions below would be greatly appreciated.

Ø  Is there a formal policy in place regarding commencement regalia on your campus? If so:

o   Is the text of that policy available on your website, and if so would you share a link?

o   What office(s) is/are charged with enforcing the policy?

Ø  What types of other regalia, if any, are allowed? If any are allowed:

o   Are these items limited to only those from academic organizations such as Alpha Chi, or are items from non-academic organizations like sororities/fraternities allowed?

Ø  Are students able to bring their other regalia items with them, or are those items distributed at the commencement ceremonies?

o   If the items are distributed prior to the ceremonies, what office(s) is/are charged with collecting/distributing those items to students?

Ø  Is decoration of mortar boards regulated and/or prohibited?

Ø  If these other items are not allowed, how does your institution address students who arrive at the commencement ceremonies with banned cords/stoles/medallions, etc.?


Sam Carrell, M.B.A.
Associate Registrar
Office of the Registrar
The University of Texas at Tyler
Ph: (903) 565-5925
Fax: (903) 565-5705

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