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Commencement Nostalgia

As Kent State looks toward its centennial anniversary in 2010, it has not forgotten its rich history. Although Kent State is well prepared for and committed to providing its second century of quality lifelong learning, it reminds students approaching the milestone of graduation about commencement nostalgia.

Academic Regalia
Wearing a hood and robe as academic apparel is believed to have originated at the English universities of Oxford and Cambridge during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Styling of the robes varies for the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, while the color of the velvet border indicates the type of degree held and the lining designates the official colors of the institution granting it.

Alma Mater
Link to the musical score of Kent State's alma mater. The audio of the alma mater will play automatically as soon as the page loads. For those who do not hear the song automatically, use the link to the QuickTime format found under resources. Apple QuickTime can be downloaded for free from www.apple.com/quicktime/download.

Fight Song
Link to the audio of the Kent State fight song. The fight song will automatically play as the soon as the page loads. For those who do not hear the song automatically, use the link to the QuickTime format found under resources. Apple QuickTime can be downloaded for free from www.apple.com/quicktime/download.

The Gonfalons
Find out the history and meaning of ceremonial banners carried at academic ceremonies.

The Mace
Find out how the mace carried by the mace bearer in the academic processional symbolizes authority. The current mace was designed using the resources and wealth of talent available in our School of Art.

The President's Medallion
At academic ceremonies, the president wears what is known as the President's Medallion. Discover the symbolism behind the medallion.