Commencement Attire

Students getting photo taken at commencement

The following Academic Achievement cords/medals/stoles are approved to wear with commencement robes:

Organization Type of Attire
Advertising and Public Relations Club (Ad/PR) stoles
Alpha Epsilon Delta (Health Sciences Honorary) red/purple cords
Alpha Mu Gamma cords
Alpha Omicron Pi stoles
Alpha Phi  stoles
Alpha Phi Sigma stoles
Alpha Psi Omega cords
Alpha Xi Delta stoles
Athletics stoles
Beta Alpha Psi cords
Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honorary) blue/gold cords
Black Student Association cords
Chi Sigma Iota cords
Define American cords
Delta Tau Delta stoles
Epsilon Pi Tau cords
Gamma Phi Beta stoles
Global Student Association cords
Got Moves cords
Hispanic Student Association cords
International Student Assoc stoles
Kappa Delta Phi (Education Honors) purple/green cords
Kappa Kappa Psi cords
Kappa Mu Epsilon cords
Lambda Pi Eta cords
Lambda Theta Nu stoles
Latin Honors  medallions
Mortar Board stoles/medals
National Council on Family Relations stoles
National Honor Society for Dance Arts  cords
NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary) cords
Office of Diversity and Inclusion stoles
Order of Omega, ETA NU cords
Phi Alpha National Honor Society cords
Phi Beta Delta cords/medals
Phi Delta Theta stoles
Phi Eta Sigma cords
Phi Kappa Phi stoles/cords/ribbons
Pi Kappa Alpha stoles
PRISM cords
Psi Chi (Psychology Honorary) cords
SALUTE Veterans Honors Society stoles
Sigma Lambda Beta stoles
Sigma Lambda Gamma stoles
Sigma Phi Epsilon stoles
Sigma Pi Sigma forest green/ivory cords
Sigma Tau Delta, Xi Beta cords
Sigma Tau Gamma stoles
Sigma Xi blue/white cords
Tau Beta Sigma cords
Thompson Scholars cords
Women are Problematic cords


All candidates participating in commencement exercises must wear approved traditional commencement attire.  In addition to the cap and gown, candidates will be allowed to wear cords, sashes, and stoles if such items have been previously approved by the Commencement Committee.  Please refer to the guidelines below for seeking appropriate approval.  Unauthorized ornamentation is prohibited.  If any commencement official deems the attire to be inappropriate, the student will be asked to remove the unapproved item or the student may be denied participation in the commencement ceremony.


Military Honor Cords are approved to veterans and active-duty service men and women in the armed forces, National Guard, and Reserve. For information about purchasing a cord, contact Veteran Services Director Lori Skarka, at, 308-865-8677.

Approval Guidelines:

Students who are part of the Honors Program or graduate with Latin honors may wear approved medallions. Other academic honorary societies, learning communities, and recognized student organizations may wear approved cords or stoles granted to them by these groups or departments. All stoles and cords must comply with university standards and must be approved by the Commencement Committee. Stoles or cords may be obtained directly from the respective organization or departments, or organizations or departments may contact the University Bookstore to order cords or stoles for their members. The university retains sole discretion and authority to prohibit an item that is likely to cause a substantial disruption of, or material interference with, the ceremony.

The faculty or staff sponsor of the student organization should provide written request outlining how the chapter meets the required guidelines by email to the Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Executive Affairs at These requests should be sent at least 90 days prior to commencement in order to be placed on the agenda for consideration. The sponsor will be notified of the committee's decision following the meeting of the Commencement Committee, about five weeks prior to commencement.