Stoles Launch New Tradition of 'Grad'-itude

UC’s Commencement 2003 will launch a new campus tradition. For the first time, graduates will be able to purchase a Stole of Gratitude to wear during the ceremony and then present to a person who helped to make their dream of a college education possible or whose support made a big difference to them.

Available through UC Bookstores for $19.99, the stoles can be worn around the neck and be signed on the back using a permanent fine-tipped marker. Stoles can be purchased for the first time during the bookstore’s Grad Fair on

April 28-29

and sales will continue through Commencement.

In addition to the stoles, the Grad Fair launches the season for grads to purchase caps and gowns, announcements, tassels and other items for Commencement.

Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Details about the June 13 Commencement, in addition to online ordering of caps and gowns, are available around the clock at the Commencement Web site at

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