Pomp and Gratitude – Graduation Stoles Honor Armed Forces Veterans

With thousands of active-duty military, reservists and veterans enrolling in U.S. colleges, universities and technical schools each year, more graduation ceremonies now include special recognition for those who’ve served in our armed services. Rocca was proud to join with Texas Tech University in 2012 to be the first in the nation presenting distinctive military stoles to their graduates.


“It’s an important facet of what we do,” Lou Ortiz, a retired Air Force veteran and now director of military veteran programs at Texas Tech, recently told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal of the on-going stole presentation ceremony. “We do everything possible to highlight and recognize these students.”


The special-order stoles sourced by Rocca may come in a camouflaged pattern, but they are definitely meant to be seen. Especially in large ceremonies, these stoles make it easy to spot those who have served our country, allowing both the school and guests to show their thanks as students receive their diploma.


By September 2015, more than 453,000 veterans earned degrees with the Post-9/11 GI Bill. While these students receive help with tuition and fees, many often face additional challenges when transitioning from military culture into student life and leaving behind a steady salary for their studies. This makes both their military and academic accomplishments admirable. As a result, more and more campuses around the nation are adding recognition for this growing student population.


While these veteran graduation stoles are close to our heart at Rocca, they are just one of the many specialty graduation items we work with each year. Contact us today on how you can best recognize student achievement – military, academic or community service. However, act quickly. Spring graduation orders must be placed by March 24!