Accessories Policy

Approved by the University Commencement Committee, effective January 2, 2008; amended October 8, 2008; amended December 1, 2010; amended March 20, 2013, amended October 3, 2013.
The Commencement Committee of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro supports the wearing of medals, medallions, stoles, and honor cords at commencement ceremonies by students representing recognized academic honors, honors programs, and honor societies; students with an international affiliation; members of UNCG-recognized Greek letter societies; NCAA-affiliated student athletes; military and veteran students; and students with service recognized by the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning. Sashes will be worn by non-graduating University Marshals assisting with the commencement ceremony. Some academic honor societies order through their chapters; otherwise, academic regalia and accessories should be ordered through the University Bookstore.

Accessories Guidelines:

  • Gold cords are reserved for graduation honors (assessed by the University Registrar’s Office).
  • Other cord colors are available for other honorary societies.
  • Sashes and stoles are designated for international students, athletes, service and service/academic organizations, Greek organizations, etc.

If your planned use of an accessory falls outside of the guidelines above, contact your organization’s advisor or sponsor who will complete the Academic Accessory Request for UNCG affiliated Student Organizationsthis is an online form accessed through ShareNet; staff/faculty password required.

The deadline to request a new accessory for the May ceremony is April 1.

The deadline to request a new accessory for the December ceremony is November 1.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro values freedom of speech as one of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution and as the best means for arriving at truth and mutual understanding. UNCG has core values of Honesty, Fairness, Trust, Respect, and Responsibility. In keeping with our commitment to freedom of speech and our values of Respect and Responsibility, all graduating students are to respect the dignified nature of the ceremony.