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Monmouth College celebrates National Tartan Day by announcing special tartan stole for graduates

Duane Bonifer
04/06/2017
The stole is being given to members of the College’s Class of 2017 to recognize student achievement, along with the faculty and staff who played a role in their educational journey at Monmouth.
In celebration of this year’s National Tartan Day on April 6, Monmouth College announced Thursday that graduating seniors will be presented with a Monmouth tartan stole at the College’s 160th commencement exercises, to be held May 14.

The Monmouth tartan stole will be presented to graduates right before they receive their diploma during the commencement exercises. The stole includes the Monmouth College seal on its lower left side.

The stole is being given to members of the College’s Class of 2017 to recognize student achievement, along with the faculty and staff who played a role in their educational journey at Monmouth.

The tartan stole also celebrates the College’s Scottish tradition as well as enriches the other traditions surrounding commencement exercises.

Associated Students of Monmouth College President Emily Billin ’17 said she is excited that she will be a member of the first graduating class to receive the new stoles.

Billin said it’s appropriate the stoles are made of the College’s tartan because of what the fabric symbolizes on campus.

“I really like the unifying feeling with the tartan,” said Billin, who a biology major from Whitewater, Wis. “We’re really lucky at Monmouth to have so much diversity and people from so many different backgrounds, yet one of the things that helps unify us is the tartan. … We’ll take part of that community with us when we receive the stole.”

Monmouth adopted a tartan along with the Scots nickname in the 1920s thanks to an effort by Harold L. Hermann ’27, who worked in the College’s alumni relations and sports information offices and helped the College reclaim its Scotch-Irish heritage.

The current Monmouth tartan was designed by Lochcarron of Scotland in 1996 and is registered with the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh. It incorporates the Monmouth colors of red and white with an accent of black. The College also maintains its “ancient colors” — the tartan of the Menzies clan, which contains only the colors of red and white.