Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University Hosts Stole Ceremonies

David Gay

May 9, 2019

Stoles presented to members of Military & Veterans Programs

Students with Military & Veterans Programs, the Office of LGBTQIA and other diversity groups will be recognized at their respective stole ceremonies.

Graduation and stole ceremonies celebrate all students graduating from Texas Tech University. Each ceremony provides an opportunity for students to celebrate their major milestone by receiving stoles, and cords that they get to wear during graduation.

This Sunday (May 5), the Black Student Convocation kicked off this year's round of recognition ceremonies. At the event, 220 students were recognized and presented a Kente stole by Carol A. Sumner, vice president of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, to wear with their commencement regalia. Military & Veterans Programs (MVP), the Office of LGBTQIA and Raider Rojos will also host respective ceremonies honoring students in their programs before they graduate.

Military & Veterans Programs
MVP will host a Stole and Recognition Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. May 16 in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium. Graduating Texas Tech veterans and service members will be awarded a special camouflage-tipped stole, and graduating family members will be awarded a special recognition certificate. Dress is business and business casual. Refreshments will be served immediately following the event.

Graduating students will be sent a notice from MVP about the Stole & Recognition Ceremony and should RSVP by noon May 15 to mvp@ttu.edu.

Lavender Graduation
The Office of LGBTQIA will host Lavender Graduation at 5 p.m. May 16 in the Student Union Building Matador Room for students graduating in May, August or December. The gathering hosts graduating LGBTQIA students and allies, their families and their friends for dinner and a recognition ceremony. Campus administrators and Texas Tech School of Law alumna Emma Shinn are featured speakers. Dress is business casual.

Raider Rojos Cultural Graduation Convocation
Raider Rojos will host its Cultural Graduation Convocation at 6:30 p.m. May 16 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. Students who registered will receive a complimentary cultural stole and the ceremony will host graduates and their families. Only two guests per graduate can be accommodated in the space. Dress is business attire along with the cap and gown.

For more information regarding all the stole ceremonies, contact Jade Silva-Tovar, the senior director of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at (806) 742-8681 or jade.silva-tovar@ttu.edu.