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College Commencement

Announcements, Cap & Gown, College Memorabilia

Cap & Gown

Your cap and gown will be ordered automatically from your degree application unless you did not provide your height and weight.  In that case, you will be ordered a general size cap and gown.  Cap & Gown Pick-up is Thursday and Friday, May 9 or 10 from 10am-4pm in Council Chamber.

There is no fee for your cap and gown. Graduating seniors have already provided height/weight to the Registrar for purposes of cap/gown ordering. Please keep your cap/gown and tassel as a memento of your graduation day.  Please order memorabilia online at the Jostens web page or by phone, 800-854-7464.

The cap and gown belong to you. Your graduation gown is made from natural wood sourced exclusively from renewable, managed forests. The fabric is proven to completely decompose in soil within less than a year. The Eco-Zip coil zipper tab and teeth are made from 100% recycled PET. Jostens will donate $1 for each Lewis & Clark gown to an environmental sustainability project. For further information, consult the Jostens web site below. Please do not return your cap/gown.

Please contact Jostens directly if you have any questions about your purchase of any memorabilia (e.g., programs, class rings, etc.).

Overseas and Off-Campus Program Ribbons

The Overseas & Off-Campus Programs Department will be conducting its annual recognition of students who have participated on one of Lewis & Clark’s programs with its traditional country-specific ribbons that are worn at graduation.  A list of those who will be given ribbons is posted at the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs Office.   

It is your responsibility to visit the Overseas and Off-Campus Programs Office to check for your name and the accuracy of the programs that you participated on through Lewis & Clark.  If they have inadvertently missed your name or have you down for the wrong country or countries, please notify them by April 13 so that they can rectify the mistake and make the correct country-specific ribbon before you pick up your cap & gown. Please note that the department only makes ribbons for students who participated on Lewis & Clark Programs.  If you participated on a non-LC program and you want to wear a ribbon for graduation, it is your responsibility to purchase the materials needed for the ribbon and to make it.

Honor Cords

Members of the class wearing an emerald cord have earned Latin honors. Those wearing a gold cord are honored for their contributions to campus life as resident advisors or student life interns. Students wearing a silver cord have served as elected or appointed officers or committee members of the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark, officers of the International Students of Lewis & Clark, or departmental representatives of the Student Academic Affairs Board. Those wearing a white cord have served as editors, managers, or contributors to Lewis & Clark’s student media. All student-athletes who finished playing careers as seniors in good team standing wear an orange cord. Students wearing a light blue cord have participated in the Division of Student Life Passport to Leadership Program. Students wearing a royal blue cord served as Student Alumni Board ambassadors.