Tassels, Stoles, and Cords: The Regalia of the Avenue

The Tassels

The Class of 2024 is making its way down the Avenue for the final time on May 18. With them come new friends and the start of their careers. Black-gown regalia, a cap, and a diploma in hand, they head out on the new adventure Saint Mary’s prepared them for. Before they start their journey, graduates move their tassels from right to left, to indicate the completion of their degrees. At graduation, orange, white, pink, and other colors dangle from the caps of the Class of 2024, each color representing a unique degree at Saint Mary’s. 

This year, guests at Commencement will see the following tassels on the caps of students:

  • Arts and Humanities - White 
  • Science - Golden Yellow
  • Fine Arts - Brown 
  • Music - Pink 
  • Business - Drab 
  • Social Work - Citron 
  • Nursing - Apricot 

The Stole

The Graduation Stole is a decorative vestment worn by students who are members of college organizations for the purpose of recognizing membership or achievement. For seniors, stoles are a way to showcase their involvement at Saint Mary’s. They drape over the shoulders and have vibrant colors, symbols, and phrases. From student-athletes to study abroad, all of these stoles represent the students as they walk down the Avenue for the last time. 

  • BAVO
  • Business Advisory Board 
  • Dance Marathon 
  • Education Department
  • Engineering
  • Future Women in Healthcare
  • Lady Accountants of Tomorrow 
  • Mu Kappa Tau
  • Multi-Ethnic
  • Notre Dame Cheer
  • Notre Dame Chorale
  • Notre Dame Folk Choir
  • Notre Dame Marching Band
  • Notre Dame Monogram Club
  • Notre Dame Observer
  • Political Science
  • Residence Life
  • Resident Hall Association
  • Saint Mary's College Cheerleading
  • Saint Mary's College Dance Marathon
  • Saint Mary's College Varsity Athletes
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Study Abroad
  • Tocqueville Fellowship Program/Constitutional Studies Notre Dame


Multi-Ethnic Stole from the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services



The Honor Cord

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. In a variety of twinned colors, honor cords are a memorable piece of graduation. Many seniors will have an abundance or just one in which they devoted their time and participation during the years at Saint Mary’s. 

  • Alpha Kappa Delta 
  • Alpha Xi Eta 
  • American Chemical Society
  • Army ROTC
  • Art Club
  • Bellacapella
  • Belles Connect Scholars
  • Belles For Life
  • Belles Unite Borders
  • Belles Voix
  • Beta Beta Beta
  • Black Student Association
  • Class Council
  • Commuter Student
  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • Feminists United
  • FIAT 
  • Financial Management Association
  • Future Business Leaders Club
  • Gerontology Club
  • Global Studies Club
  • Hidden Opponent 
  • IT Workers
  • LaFuerza
  • Lambda Pi Eta 
  • Leaders for the Common Good
  • Morgan's Message
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National History Honor Society 
  • National Society of Women Engineers
  • ND Men's and Women's Boxing Club
  • ND-SMC Irish Dance Team
  • Notre Dame Best Buddies
  • Notre Dame Equestrian
  • Notre Dame Figure Skating Club
  • Notre Dame Liturgical Choir
  • Notre Dame Magnificat Choir
  • Notre Dame Pom Squad
  • Notre Dame Ultimate Frisbee Club Team
  • Notre Dame Women's Club Water Polo Team
  • Office of Admission - Senior Ambassadors
  • Phi Mu Epsilon 
  • Pi Lambda Theta 
  • Political Science Honors 
  • Psychology Honors PSI CHI
  • SAGE
  • Saint Mary's College Club Volleyball
  • Saint Mary's College Dance Team
  • Saint Mary's College Education Club
  • Saint Mary's College Global Studies Club
  • Saint Mary's College Investment Club
  • Saint Mart's College Sailing Team
  • She's The First
  • Sigma Iota Rho
  • Sigma Pi Sigma 
  • Sigma Tau Delta 
  • Sigma Theta Tau 
  • Sisterhood of Service
  • Smick Cycles
  • Sociology/Criminology Club
  • Sorin Fellows 
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Activities Board
  • Student-Athlete Advisory
  • Student Diversity Board
  • Student Government Association
  • Student International Business Council at Notre Dame
  • Theta Alpha Kappa 
  • Troop Notre Dame Dance Team
  • Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative

May 13, 2024


Dance Marathon Stole
Dance Marathon Stole


Marketing Honor Society
National Marketing Honor Society Stole


Student Nurses Association
Student Nurses Association Stole





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