Graduation Stoles and Honor Cords

In addition to the traditional cap and gown regalia, students may wear graduation stoles and honor cords 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:

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.

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 Saint Mary’s recognized academic honor group or society. Honor cords will be provided by the Office of Academic Affairs for students graduating with Kappa Gamma Pi honors.

Approved stoles​

  • Alpha Xi Eta
  • Circle K
  • Education Department
  • Mu Kappa Tau
  • Multi-Ethnic (SDB)
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • ND Marching Band
  • Notre Dame Monogram Club
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Residence Life
  • Saint Mary's College Dance Marathon
  • Saint Mary's College Varsity Athletes
  • She's the First
  • STEM
  • Student International Business Council (ND)
  • Study Abroad
  • Toqueville Fellowship Program/Constitutional Studies (ND)

Approval Process

If your organization is on the approved list for stoles, you do NOT need to request approval. If your organization is not on the approved list, and you wish it to be, please complete our stole approval request form.