Academic stole

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A gold academic stole on a high school honor graduate.

An academic stole is a vestment used by various organizations to denote academic achievement. Its use includes membership of a professional organization,[1] a high school valedictorian award,[2] and adorns the academic regalia representing some university and college courses.

A stole takes the form of a cloth scarf-like garment worn over the shoulders adorned with the awarding Society's colours and/or insignia. Though not a part of officially recognised American Council on Education's Academic Costume Code, it has become common as part of the graduation attire at many high schools, colleges, and universities.[3]

In many universities in the Commonwealth, particularly Australia, the stole is worn by graduates lower than the degree of Bachelor, such as Certificate, Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Associate Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree graduates. The color of the stole can either mean the general color for Diploma or Certificate graduates, or it can mean the Faculty of the award, e.g. dark blue might mean that the graduate has been awarded a Diploma or Certificate in the Arts Faculty.

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  1. ^ "OKU ACADEMIC ATTIRE". Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society. Archived from the original on 4 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  2. ^ "Lewisburg School honors class of 2006". News-Democrat & Leader. 2006-05-26. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Academic Costume Code and Ceremony Guide: Other Apparel". American Council on Education. Archived from the original on 22 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-03.