Graduation sash is one of the accessories in graduation attire that plays a significant role in the graduation ceremony. It is a piece of cloth worn around the neck and rests on the shoulder. Along with the other fundamental academic attire like the gown, hood and cap and the cord, the sash is very significant because it conveys different meaning. It may represent an organization and ethnic society. It may bear the school badge, some significant symbols and the class of the graduates.
You are probably wondering how people or academic people come up with the idea of using a sash in graduation ceremonies. The inception of using the sash as a part of the graduation ceremony can be traced back in the medieval times. Many scholars observe that angelical and catholic priests wear glamorous and elegant sash around their neck when they perform liturgical ceremonies and even when they are in special occasions. During these times, the church has the biggest influence to people. Many clothing items were even inspired to the way priests dress during those times and upon seeing the high priest wear a sash, academic scholars embraced that until now, and the use of sashes is common in America and some places in Europe.
A graduation sash also referred to as academic stole or academic sash can be made of satin. Some can be made of matte fabric and might feel rough while other sash is made out of environment-friendly fabrics. If you want a glossy one, you can have a satiny silky sash. You can have a sash that has pointed ends, a slanted one or the square end.
Colours, symbols and meaning
A graduation sash can have different colors and these colors convey different meaning. You may choose to wear a sash that will represent the organization where you belong or the club where you are a proud member. It can convey honor, service, excellence, representation of an organization and ethnicity club. Most of the time though, graduation sash bears the color of your university. It can also show academic remarks as the graduate who is considered to the valedictorian or the suma cum laude is given he privilege to wear gold colored sash. If you want to wear a sash that represents your organization then your sash should bear the color of the organization or your society. You can also customize the sash, give it as a gift to fellow graduate, and choose the color that best describes that someone.
Kinds of Graduation sash
Many types of sashes are available and can be use depending on its purpose. There is a sash made to highlight the academic performance of students. Another one is to reward the students who are performing well in specific categories. A graduation sash made to express gratitude is also available for everyone.
Just like all the academic regalia, your sash has ceremonial significance. Choose to wear one that best describes you and journey you had experience along the way.