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Gonzaga Graduates to Wear ‘Green’ Caps, Gowns for 2012 Commencement Ceremonies

Gonzaga’s 2012 caps and gowns caps and gowns will be made from 40,000 post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Photo courtesy CEWard-National.

SPOKANE, Wash. – For the first time, Gonzaga University graduates taking part in commencement Mother’s Day weekend will don caps and gowns made from 40,000 post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Seniors only will order their attire starting today (Feb. 1) at SeniorFest from 2-7 p.m. in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. Master, law and doctoral students will order their GreenWeaver graduation attire online,

To avoid a $15 late fee, all graduating Gonzaga students must order caps and gowns by Monday, March 5; orders received March 6 or later will be assessed a late fee. Gonzaga seniors and master’s graduates may pick up their commencement garb at the Martin Centre on the following schedule: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., May 4 and May 7; 4:30-7 p.m., May 10; and 2:30-6 p.m., May 11. Law graduates will receive their academic attire through the Law School; distribution dates and times will be announced. Doctoral graduates will receive their gowns at the Doctoral Dinner prior to Commencement weekend.

The fabric is softer and more breathable than the polyester traditionally used, and is thoroughly eco-friendly. Size labels inside the collar are tag-less and stamped using soy ink. Even the plastic bags used to store the caps and gowns are made from recycled plastic. The shipping cartons are manufactured from recycled cardboard.

This upgrade does not equate to a price-hike for students, but actually lowered the pricing due to a 3-year contract with CEWard-National, headquartered in Newport, Wash., said Diane Aukofer, owner of the company. Students can expect to pay $72 for a cap, gown, hood, tassel and an embroidered stole. Packages with a keepsake bulldog tassel are $85.

It took Oak Hall Industries 14 months to develop the process that has reclaimed about 9 million plastic bottles from landfills to date. It takes approximately 23 bottles to make one gown. The plastic bottles are processed to remove impurities and chopped into fine plastic flakes, which are then melted into uniform pellets that are melted again and extruded into filament yarn. Finally, the yarn is woven into fabric, dyed, and finished.

The Social Justice Missioning Ceremony honoring seniors who will spend the next year or two doing volunteer work will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, May 11 in the University Chapel on the third floor of College Hall.  Guests are welcome.  The ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be held at 5:15 p.m., Friday, May 11 in St. Aloysius Church. The Law School Baccalaureate Mass will begin at 6 p.m., May 11 in the University Chapel (located on the fourth floor of College Hall). Law School Commencement will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12 in the McCarthey Athletic Center with the academic procession starting at 9:15 a.m. in the Martin Centre. The Baccalaureate Mass for seniors and graduate students begins with the academic procession at 1:30 p.m. on May 12 in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Graduate Commencement (doctoral and master’s) begins at 5 p.m., May 12 in the McCarthey Athletic Center with the academic procession starting at 4:45 p.m. Students should line up in academic attire for each of these ceremonies in the Martin Centre at least 55 minutes before the academic procession begins; guests should proceed directly to the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Undergraduate Commencement begins at 10 a.m. on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena with the academic procession starting at 9:35 a.m. Seniors, in academic attire, must arrive at the lineup area in the arena by 9 a.m.  The arena’s doors will open at 8 a.m.  Tickets are required for the Undergraduate Commencement only for seniors and their guests to ensure adequate space is available for graduates, their families and faculty; the event is not open to the public.

For more information about Gonzaga’s 2012 Commencement activities, visit the following website [www.gonzaga.edu/commencement/] or contact Susie Prusch at (509) 313-5571 or via e-mail. Master, law and doctoral students may order their graduation attire online.

To view more of the 2012 attire – click here .


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    Posted February 27, 2012 at 2:04 am

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