Lewis & Clark is a tobacco-free, smoke-free, vape-free campus.
Lewis & Clark follows the guidance of the American Council on Education’s Academic Costume Code in determining the regalia appropriate for the graduate school’s annual commencement ceremony.
Based on the origins of academic dress from the 12th and 13th centuries, the modern costume code in the United States was first established in 1859. In 1932, oversight of the code moved to the American Council on Education with updates in 1959 and again in 1986.
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS—HONORING UNIQUE TRIBAL CULTURE
American Indian and Alaska Native students may wear regalia adornments that honor their unique tribal culture. Adornments may include eagle feathers or other culturally significant items.
Honor cords may be provided by professional organizations or academic societies in a student’s field-of-study to indicate active participation by and membership of the student. Students should contact these organizations directly to inquire about the availability and ordering of honor cords. Honor cords do not denote GPA recognition.
Americana cords are provided by the graduate school to students who have served as members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Contact the Graduate Registrar’s office for details.
STOLES, PROFESSIONAL/ACADEMIC AND HERITAGE
Students may choose to wear stoles offered by professional organizations or academic societies in their field-of-study. Students should contact these organizations directly to inquire about the availability and ordering of professional stoles.
Students may choose to wear stoles reflecting their cultural heritage, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation. Heritage stoles can be ordered by students through a variety of vendors including PrideSash.
Invocation and Land Acknowledgement
It is customary for those who identify as male to remove their headdress during both the the invocation and the land acknowledgement.
Children at the Ceremony
Children are welcome to attend the commencement ceremony. Because sitting still-and-quiet for two-plus hours can be a challenge for the best of us, please note that the ceremony may be televised live in the foyer. There is also plenty of room just outside the Pamplin Sports Center doors for supervised children to explore.
During the ceremony, itself, we welcome friends and family of our graduates, of all ages, to watch and celebrate with joy the hooding ceremony of their graduate from the audience. Following the ceremony, the reception provides a wonderful opportunity for guests to then join with their graduates in person to truly celebrate the momentous occasion.
We adore our dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and rodents, too, but we kindly request that you leave your family pets at home the day of the commencement ceremony. (Pets are not allowed in the Pamplin Sports Center and there are no pet-safe areas available immediately outside of the arena.)