Commencement Attire

Students getting photo taken at commencement

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

  • Mortar Board - stoles/medals
  • Phi Kappa Phi - stoles/cords/ribbons
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honorary) - blue/gold cords
  • Phi Beta Delta (Education Honorary)- cords/medals
  • Psi Chi (Psychology Honorary) - cords
  • Phi Eta Sigma - cords
  • Phi Alpha National Honor Society - cords
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon (Math Honorary) - cords
  • Latin Honors - medallions
  • Kappa Delta Phi (Education Honors) - purple/green cords
  • Sigma Pi Sigma - forest green/ivory cords
  • Sigma Xi - blue/white cords
  • Sigma Tau Delta, Xi Beta – cords
  • Chi Sigma Iota - cords
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (Health Sciences Honorary) – red/purple cords
  • Order of Omega, Eta Nu – cords
  • Alpha Phi Sigma - stoles


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 offered to veterans and active-duty service men and women in the armed forces, National Guard, and Reserve. To request a cord, contact Veterans Services Officer Lori Skarka, at, 308-865-8520.

Approval Guidelines:

Requests for special ornamentation should be forwarded to the Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Executive Affairs at at least 90 days prior to commencement in order to be placed on the agenda for consideration.

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. The sponsor will be notified of the committee's decision following the meeting of the Commencement Committee, about five weeks prior to commencement.