Official UM Stole

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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. $25 credit card only.

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 Official UM stole can be purchased on the Herff Jones ordering site when purchasing cap and gown. Stoles are $25 each. For more information on the Herff Jones site, please visit the cap and gown page.

Stoles are also available for purchase on ceremony days.

UM Stole Group Orders

Group orders of 10 or more stoles for student organizations and UM departments may be made in advance. Groups may also have the stole professionally customized with the organization logo or Greek letters embroidered on the stole with the U. Recognize your graduating senior members with the custom stole. Graduates will show their Hurricane and organization pride by wearing the custom stole to commencement.

To place an order for group stoles email

Other Honor Cords and Stoles

The Office of Commencement does not distribute any other cords, sashes, or accessories except the UM Stole of Gratitude. Some academic honor societies may recognize graduates with honor cords.

Kente Cloth: Students may receive the Kente Cloth by participating in Senior Mwambo.

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. Stoles are $35.99 plus an additional $7.95 shipping fee. Please note these orders must be placed separately from the cap and gown. The order deadline is November 1, 2021. For any questions regarding the custom stoles please contact

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.