Undergraduate Hooding has been replaced by the Undergraduate Stole of Gratitude Ceremony.
Definition of the Stole of Gratitude
The Stole of Gratitude represents appreciation to those who helped our graduates through their educational journey and offers the opportunity to say “Thank you for helping me make it.” The “Stole” is an important part of the graduate regalia worn during the commencement ceremony. A Stole of Gratitude is a beautiful way to thank someone for their support throughout the graduate’s time at Benedictine University. Our graduates have the option of presenting their “Stole” or purchase an additional “Stole” to present to the person who had the greatest impact on their journey, be it a parent, relative or mentor.
Stole of Gratitude Ceremony
A new tradition for Benedictine is the Stole of Gratitude Ceremony. This ceremony is an opportunity for graduates to show their gratitude to the person or persons who have been of the most help to them throughout their college education. They are given a Stole of Gratitude with their academic regalia. It is brought to the Stole of Gratitude Ceremony where they can choose a faculty or staff member to ceremoniously “stole” them. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to have a few minutes of time with either the President or the Provost. This is an opportunity for graduates to speak about their experiences at Benedictine – truly an honor for the President and the Provost as well!
The Stole of Gratitude will also be blessed at both the Commencement Mass and Interfaith Convocation, if attended. As the theme throughout Commencement will be one of gratitude, our undergraduates will wear the “Stole” at Commencement. Graduates will also have an opportunity to present a commemorative Stole of Gratitude to their biggest advocate throughout their college years, either at the Stole of Gratitude Ceremony or after Commencement.