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Cord Policy

Policy for the Use of Cords at University of Memphis Commencement


  • Academic Honor Cords shall be worn during academic events that require regalia, such as Commencement ceremonies (fall, spring and summer).
  • Cords shall represent undergraduates that have distinguished themselves with GPAs ranging from 4.0-3.25. Cords may be worn by Graduate Students that have earned cords in their undergraduate careers.
  • Undergraduate Cord colors will be white, with distinction; red/crimson, with high distinction; gold, with highest distinction.
  • Cords shall represent academic University recognized honor societies and service in the military only. For a list of University recognized honor societies, click here.  
  • Stoles may be used by Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), University recognized honor societies and for members of University of Memphis Athletic teams (only). For a list of Registered Student Organizations, click here.
  • Medallions may be worn for Academic Purposes ONLY. For examples, Honors Hall University Thesis medallions and medallions that represent your role in Phi Kappa Phi.




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