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It’s a Wrap!
It’s a Wrap!

Modern scarving tradition for new students begins with the end goal—graduation—in mind

By Laura Stall

scarving: Kevin Rogers

First-year and international students at Concordia University Irvine received a warm welcome—literally—before the 2016–17 Opening Convocation, when alumni from the past four decades presented them with Concordia scarves. 

In brainstorming how to celebrate the California institution's 40th anniversary, campus leaders seized upon the idea of an evolving graduation stole, says Tamara Sauer, director of alumni and family relations. Presenting these modern stoles before convocation will become an annual scarving tradition. 

"This scarf is more than just a piece of spirit wear," Sauer says. "It is a significant daily reminder that there is an alumni family that supports them in their journey and is waiting for them to join the ranks." 

While some students wear their green and gold scarf around campus, others adorn their dorm room or cubicle with the wrap, posting images of their creations online. Extra scarves were sold to returning students, faculty, and staff, and proceeds went to the Alumni Fund to support student organizations and scholarships. 

Alumna Hilary Fenn held her own scarving ceremony for the sixth-graders she teaches at Costa Mesa's Sonora Elementary School. Her class "adopted" Concordia as part of the No Excuses University program that encourages college preparedness. Fenn and a founding Concordia professor purchased scarves and presented them to Fenn's students. 

About the Author Laura Stall

Laura Stall was a fall 2016 Currents editorial intern.




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