Organizations Wishing to Wear Stoles/Honor Cords at Commencement

Honor Cords and Graduation Stoles - Commencement 2015

Roanoke College holds all of its graduates in high esteem.  In addition to the traditional cap and gown regalia, specific students who have excelled academically are entitled to wear honor cords, and graduation stoles (sashes) may also be worn to signify achievement through or membership in college organizations.  Graduation stoles and honor cords must be in keeping with the decorum of the event and the following guidelines:

  • Honor Cords - An Honor Cord is a token consisting of twisted cords with tassels on either end.  Their wearing signifies specific academic achievement or membership in a recognized academic honor group or society. By tradition, more than one cord may be worn at the same time.  Honor cords will be provided by the college for students graduating with Latin honors (Cum laude, Magna cum laude, and Summa cum laude).
  • Graduation Stole - A graduation stole is a decorative vestment worn by students who are members of college organizations for the purpose of recognizing membership or achievement. A stole takes the form of a cloth scarf-like garment worn over the shoulders adorned with the awarding Society's colors and/or insignia.


  • Recognized academic honor societies can choose between either an honor cord or graduation stole.
  • Recognized groups that are not based on academic merit are eligible to wear graduation stoles.

If your organization is interested in wearing either honor cords or graduation stoles, please fill out the form below.  The deadline for such requests is April 1st.  You will receive notification whether your request was approved or declined within 7 days.

Approval Request Form - Honor Cords and Graduation Stoles