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05-09-2013

Clarkson University Deepens Academic Traditions with New Regalia

Building on more than a century of global leadership and contributions to society by its graduates, Clarkson University will debut new academic regalia at its 120th commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 11.

Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Robert A. Meyer, who serves as the grand marshal of the Clarkson University commencement procession, tries on the University's new academic regalia. The green velvet and gold trim on the robe and the hood are the school colors. An eight-sided tam signifies the Clarkson University Values: teamwork, caring, integrity, vision, diversity, service, growth and diligence. The University’s seal is embroidered on the front of the robe.As they continue in a lifetime of learning, mentoring and sharing, graduates receiving their doctoral degrees will represent the University throughout their careers by wearing the Clarkson regalia.

The robe, cap and hood donned at commencement ceremonies are an academic tradition, which often represents the university or college where one received a doctorate, as well as one's academic discipline.

The new attire, which will also be worn by the University’s trustees and other ceremony participants, embodies the life and legacy of businessman Thomas S. Clarkson, whose family memorialized him by founding the University in 1896.

The black robe symbolizes Thomas Clarkson’s work ethic, vision and integrity. Part of his favorite Biblical verse, “A workman that needeth not to be ashamed,” is also the University’s motto.

The green velvet and gold trim on the robe and the hood are the school colors, which represent the goldenrod, Thomas Clarkson’s favorite flower. An eight-sided tam signifies the Clarkson University Values: teamwork, caring, integrity, vision, diversity, service, growth and diligence. The University’s seal is embroidered on the front of the robe.

The new regalia enhances Clarkson’s image as a world-class research institution that graduates doctoral students, according to Kelly O. Chezum, vice president for external relations.

“Clarkson University desired regalia that affirm our place among those institutions that value research, as well as the traditions and values espoused by all Clarkson students, faculty and staff,” said Chezum. "This distinct combination will distinguish our graduates."

The new regalia followed more than a year of planning by a committee of faculty and administrators, with encouragement from the board of trustees.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Robert A. Meyer, who serves as the grand marshal of the Clarkson University commencement procession, tries on the University's new academic regalia. The green velvet and gold trim on the robe and the hood are the school colors. An eight-sided tam signifies the Clarkson University Values: teamwork, caring, integrity, vision, diversity, service, growth and diligence. The University’s seal is embroidered on the front of the robe.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/rmeyer.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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