Hey, Graduates! Use Personalized Stoles to Show Pride in Your Heritage

By Francine Fluetsch on April 18, 2017

image via Graduation-Stoles.com

Graduation: the brief five seconds on stage to celebrate our hard work over the past four (or more) years. Usually, graduation attire is very uniform, but now, things are changing for the better.

With the U.S. politics being as they are, students who are going to walk this June are planning to shake it up a bit and add some diversity to the uniformity that is graduation. Students have always decorated their caps to add a touch of personality, but now we can represent our individuality and heritage with ethnic-themed graduation stoles. If you are thinking about getting one to represent your roots this coming graduation, you can check out the stoles being sold on Graduation-Stoles.com and Goldcoastafrica.com.

According to this press release, “Mexican and Mexican-American graduates will wear colorful serapes that reflect their heritage. A colorful, traditional Native American design is also available. African and African-American graduates can purchase hand-woven Kente stoles that are imported from Ghana.” These are just a few ideas that you can think about as you get ready to take the stage.

Some students will proudly display “son/daughter of an immigrant” to dispel stigmas and stereotypes circulating immigrants, especially right now with politics going haywire over this issue. It’s a great way for us graduates to show where we stand on the matter, and that we are not planning to let anything get in our way. Graduation is the time to be looking towards the future with our heads held high, showing off where we come from, and how we plan to lead in our future positions.

Thinking of getting a personalized stole? Consider embroidering it with names, dates, flags, achievements, degrees, majors, special quotes, dedications, and nicknames. Or, leave the stole plain and let it speak for itself. Stoles are available for the LGBTQ community and Greek letter fraternities and sororities.

Honestly, I think getting a personalized stole to show off who you are, where you come from, and what you’ve achieved is a great way to add to your special day. I wish this had been a thing when I graduated from my undergrad, but I definitely plan to take full advantage when I graduate from grad school! Anyone can get a plain old university stole, but the times are calling for something different, something unique. Make your graduation one to remember, and make sure you are heard.

If you are planning on participating in this, be sure to order your stole early so you don’t have to pay a rush fee and won’t have to be stressing about it arriving on time. Tell your friends to get customized stoles as well to liven and brighten up your grad photos on the big day. You only get to walk once, but this will be a memento to cherish for a lifetime. You can hang your stole in your room to give you that little reminder of all of your hard work, and how you need to get out there and put your degree to good use.

Congrats to all of our seniors who are graduating this year! May your futures be bright and may you help bring about much-needed change to our world.

Hi! I'm Francine and I'm a fourth year Creative Writing major at UC Santa Cruz. I am one of the Campus life columnists on Uloop's National Team and also the campus editor for UCSC. I enjoy reading, writing, and taking selfies with my cat.

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