Hoping to inspire a new tradition at The University of Texas-Pan American, former President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas initiated the wearing of Memory Stoles at her first commencement ceremony as the institution's leader in fall 2004.
The stoles, in the school colors of green and orange, are emblazoned with the UTPA official seal and make a bright and fashionable addition to the all-black graduation gown.
Candidates wear the stoles around their necks throughout the graduation ceremonies and then afterwards are encouraged to present the stole to a special person in an expression of gratitude. The treasured stole could be given to mom, dad, spouse, educator or a friend who most inspired, mentored or helped in your personal quest for knowledge.
At UTPA, a campus community that places great importance on cherishing family and friends, Memory Stoles are a tradition that will undoubtedly withstand the test of time.
Graduates, may you wear your Memory Stoles with pride!