Planning for Graduates.
Candidates for degrees are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you cannot attend, please write to the University Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 1st to inform the office of your absence.
Graduating students should have purchased academic regalia and other items for Commencement via collegegrad.herffjones.com before Saturday, March 24, 2018. Regalia includes cap, gown, hood and tassel, and prices vary depending on the graduation package. Please contact the University Bookstore at 973-408-3097 or if you have not placed your order for regalia.
One of the most colorful traditions in university life, the wearing of academic regalia has its origins in the medieval universities of Europe. It distinguished academic persons, such as doctors, licentiates, masters and bachelors, from other segments of the populace. Unheated buildings probably necessitated the wearing of heavy, woolen gowns. Hoods then covered monk-scholars’ heads, eventually giving way to skullcaps and later to academic caps or mortarboards. American colleges and universities adopted the custom but without the strict standard of the Europeans. In 1895 representatives of American schools codified standards of academic dress by establishing the Intercollegiate Dress Code. Today, the Academic Costume Code of the American Council on Education prescribes the color, shape and texture of the academic costume.
The standards require long, pointed sleeves for the plain gown of bachelor’s degree recipients; long, oblong or square-cut sleeves (often with trailing “elbows”) for master’s degree recipients; and closed, bell-shaped sleeves for doctoral degree recipients. Bachelor gowns are worn closed, while master and doctoral gowns may be worn open or closed.
Hoods, worn across the throat and over the shoulders, reflect the official colors of the school granting the degree, with the length of the hood ranging from three feet for the bachelor’s degree to four feet for the doctoral degree. The color of the velvet represents the wearer’s field of learning and can generally be glimpsed near the wearer’s throat, while the school colors are contained in the lining at the back of the hood. The Academic Costume Code specifies the following discipline-color relationships for the degrees we are awarding today: arts, letters, humanities—white; education—light blue; fine arts—brown; medical humanities—nile green; philosophy—dark blue; theology—scarlet. Caps The tassels of the caps—or mortarboards—may either be black or reflect the scholarly subject, although only doctoral recipients may have gold thread.
An honor cord is a token consisting of twisted cords with tassels on either end awarded for various academic and nonacademic achievements, awards or honors. Traditionally, they are worn after the academic year in which the honor was awarded.
International Flag Sashes
Students who have studied abroad during their time at Drew or who hold citizenship from a country other than the United States may opt to wear an international flag sash during Commencement.
The Stole of Gratitude
The stole is worn during Commencement. After the ceremony, the new graduate presents the stole to someone who provided extraordinary help or support, like parents, relatives or mentors who have helped with wisdom, words of support or with 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.
Resident Assistant Stoles
Students who have served as resident assistants during their time at Drew may opt to wear a stole signifying their service—in green with gold lettering—during Commencement.
Sustainability Committee Green Ribbons
Students who have taken “the Graduation Pledge,” which states “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work,” wear green ribbons to signify their promise. Born out of an environmental studies and sustainability capstone project, the Graduation Pledge is part of a intercampus effort to encourage sustainability and social consciousness post graduation. The cause is supported by the Sustainability Committee with the help of the environmental studies and sustainability capstone class and the Theological School.
All regalia will be shipped to and can be picked up from the Drew Bookstore. Exact pick up times will be posted.
Commencement announcements, diploma frames and class rings are available for purchase at collegegrad.herffjones.com.
Professional photographs of each graduate will be taken both on stage as well as while leaving the platform. GradImages is Drew’s official commencement photographer. Your proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours of the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-register with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible.
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The Stole of Gratitude may be worn during Commencement. Following the ceremony, the new graduate presents the stole to someone who provided extraordinary help or support, like parents, relatives or mentors who have helped with wisdom, words of support or with financial assistance.