Official UM Stole and Honor Cords

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Don't miss out on this 'Canes tradition! Wear the official UM Stole of Gratitude with your regalia to the commencement ceremony.

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UM Stole of Gratitude Tradition

The official University of Miami Stole of Gratitude is a white sash with the U logo worn during the commencement ceremony over your regalia. The stole has special meaning and after the ceremony, the new graduate may choose to present the stole to someone who provided extraordinary help or support, such as parents, relatives, or mentors, as a sign of gratitude. More than one stole may be worn during commencement, symbolizing that there are multiple persons destined to receive UM Stole of Gratitude and your token of appreciation.

The stole may be placed around the neck of the recipient with words of thanks. Recipients will never forget the kindness inherent in the recognition and sentimental feelings connected with being presented with the stole. The fact that the presenter wears it during the commencement ceremony adds a very special element to an already touching gesture.

In addition to making a presentation to someone special, the stole can be kept by the graduate as a treasured reminder of time spent at UM.

The stole may be decorated. Presenters often write a few words of love and appreciation on the back of the stole using a permanent, fine tipped marker. Friends and family of the graduate may also autograph the front or back or inscribe words of pride and love. The Official University of Miami Stole of Gratitude is a lasting symbol of love, appreciation, and academic accomplishment.

Purchase the UM Stole

The UM stole ordering deadline is Friday, October 28, 2022. The Official UM stole can be purchased for $25 each on the Herff Jones ordering site when purchasing cap and gown. To get started, click on the button below, select "Order Your Cap and Gown," log in with your UM ID, and select "Graduation Packages."

Stoles are also available for purchase on ceremony days at graduate check-in for $25 (credit card only).

Purchase the UM Stole

UM Stole Group Orders

Honor graduates and show your appreciation by ordering a custom UM Stole of Gratitude with your logo or organization name.  The order deadline for group stoles is Friday, November 11, 2022. We highly recommended to submit all group stole orders well in advance to ensure availabilty.  Before placing a stole order on behalf of your organization, check with your advisor to confirm there are enough funds in your Workday Non-SAFAC account.

  • Group stoles are $20 each (regularly $25 each)
  • Minimum order size of 10 stoles
  • UM account required for purchase
  • Limited stock available
  • Groups may also have the stole professionally customized with the organization logo or Greek letters embroidered* on the stole with the U.

*Custom embroidery available, but not required, at an additional $10 per stole via Herff Jones. One time digitization fee may apply. Custom embroidery orders via Herff Jones typically take 2-3 weeks to complete.

Place a Group Stole Order

Other Honor Cords and Stoles

The Office of Commencement does not distribute any other cords, sashes, or accessories except the UM Stole of Gratitude. There are no extra cords or items given to students with Latin Honors. Some academic honor societies may recognize graduates with honor cords.

  • International Stoles: The international stole represents the accomplishment of a student that has studied abroad and may also represent the country of origin for a student. They can be purchased on the Herff Jones website for $32.50 when placing your cap and gown order.
  • Kente Cloth: Graudates may receive the Kente Cloth. Please email the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at multicultural.studentaffairs@miami.edu for more information. 
  • Legacy Stole: Graduating students who are the children or grandchildren of University of Miami alumni have the opportunity to wear their commemorative legacy stole during commencement. Please click here to learn how you can obtain your stole from your University of Miami Alumni Association.
  • Multicultural Stoles: The Office of Multicultural Affairs is now offering all graduates the opportunity to purchase custom stoles (LatinX/Recuerdo Cultural Sash, Native American/Indigenous Cultural Sash, Asian Cultural Sash, and Pacific Islander Cultural Sash). Graduates can place their order on the Herff Jones website.
    Click here for step-by-step ordering instructions. Stoles are $37.99 plus an additional shipping fee. Please note these orders must be placed separately from the cap and gown. The order deadline for the multicultural stole is Friday, October 28, 2022. For any questions regarding the custom stoles, please contact Multicultural.StudentAffairs@miami.edu.
  • Rainbow Cord: The Lavender Celebration is an annual event that recognizes our graduating LGBTQIA+ students and outstanding leaders. Click here to learn more and to register. Please register no later than Sunday, October 30, 2022. 

  • Veteran Cords: Veteran or military affiliated graduates who would like to receive a cord, please email the Dean of Students Office for more information at doso@miami.edu.