The Tradition of “The Benedictine University Stole of Gratitude”
Gratitude is the heart of the Benedictine experience, and the Stole of Gratitude makes that heart visible for all to appreciate. At Commencement exercises, undergraduates of Benedictine University don the Stole of Gratitude as a prominent feature of their academic regalia. Designed in rich Benedictine red with the historic University seal, the Stole is a tangible sign of the support, encouragement, and prayers that make every Benedictine story a success story.
At the conclusion of Commencement ceremonies, each new graduate presents the Stole of Gratitude to a special individual whose generosity, advocacy, and faith have transformed the journey from admission to graduation into an adventure of a lifetime. When the graduate places the Stole around the neck of the honored recipient, the beauty of Benedictine gratitude passes from a new graduating class to an ever-expanding community of sponsors and partners around the world.
Graduates may inscribe the Stole with personal messages of love and appreciation. Friends and family members may autograph the front or back of the Stole. For every graduate and every recipient, the Stole of Gratitude is an enduring emblem of the care and sacrifice that genuine academic achievement requires. It is one great sign of what it means to be Forever Benedictine.
The Stole of Gratitude Ceremony is where you are ceremoniously “stoled” – your stole is put on you officially by either a faculty or staff member of your choosing who has made a great impact on you or by the President or the Provost. After you receive your stole, you will then have a few moments to speak with either the President or Provost reflecting on your time at Benedictine University. This ceremony is for our Undergraduate students.