Academic Regalia


Graduation regalia includes the cap and gown, as well as other distinguishing hoods, stoles and cords that denote traditions of academic achievement or involvement in a student organization. Only those who have achieved a University academic honor or have their regalia request approved are entitled to wear special regalia.

Student organizations or Institute-approved programs must seek approval to issue adornments to the academic regalia for their student members participants. All adornments (stoles, ribbons, sashes, etc.) must be approved by the Office of Academic Affairs at least 30 days prior to the graduation ceremony. Regalia request will be reviewed upon submissions of an Academic Regalia Adornment Approval Form. Approved adornments for the University Ceremony (currently held at the end of Summer Terms) can be found below. The adornment list below is only for the University ceremony, and does not indicate approval for college commencement ceremonies. Organizations that wish to wear their regalia in the Spring and Fall ceremonies will need approval from their Dean's Office. 

University Issued Adornment

The University Medal is awarded to the undergraduate student (or students) graduating with the GPA of 4.0 or higher, provided that the student (or students) earn all A-level grades and more than 50 percent of the credits required for the degree has been earned at LSU A&M. In semesters where no student qualifies based on the above criteria, no medal will be awarded. Grade-point averages will be computed for (1) all work completed and (2) all work completed at LSU A&M with the lower of the two averages determining eligibility for the medal. Course grades that were excluded previously through the Grade Exclusion Policy will be included in determining the University Medalists. All grades will be used to determine medalists.

Information on eligibility can be found in the LSU Catalog.

Gold University medal on a purple and gold string.

Undergraduate degree candidates who will graduate with Latin Honors wear cords.  Purple and gold cords are worn by degree candidates who graduate with Latin Honors. White cords are worn by undergraduate degree candidates who graduate with Upper Division Honors.  Purple, gold, and white cords, or any combination of the three colors, are not authorized to be worn by any other graduates.

Summa Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude Upper Division Honors

Degrees are awarded summa cum laude to students whose grade point averages is at least 3.90. Additional information on eligibility can be found in the LSU Catalog.

Summa Cum Laude graduates wear a purple and a gold cord.

Degrees are awarded magna cum laude to students whose grade point averages  is at least 3.80. Additional information on eligibility can be found in the LSU Catalog.

Magna Cum Laude graduates wear two gold cords.

Degrees are awarded cum laude to students whose grade point averages  is at least 3.70. Additional information on eligibility can be found in the LSU Catalog.

Cum Laude graduates wear two purple cords.

Upper Division Honors Distinction is an achievement within the Ogden Honors College curriculum. Information on eligibility can be found through the Ogden Honors College

Upper Division Honors graduates wear a white cord.

Purple and gold honor cords. Gold Honor Cords. Purple honor cords. White honor cords.


Undergraduate degree candidates graduating with College Honors wear the undergraduate hood.  Hoods are not authorized to be worn by other undergraduate degree candidates. College Honors is the culmination of the Ogden Honors curriculum. Information on eligibility can be found through the Ogden Honors College.

Master’s degree candidates wear the traditional black gown with full-length square sleeves that have a crescent-shaped piece hanging from each sleeve. They also wear a master’s hood that is lined in purple and gold and is distinguished on the outside by the color of their degree program. The color of each hood by college and degree can be found below.

All Master of Science degrees awarded by the College of Agriculture wear a Maize colored hood.

Degree Hood Color
Master of Architecture Blue Violet
Master of Art in Art History White
Master of Fine Arts Brown
Master of Landscape Architecture  Blue Violet 

Degree Hood Color
Master of Accountancy Drab
Master of Business Administration Drab
Master of Science in Financial Economics Drab
Master of Science in Analytics Drab
Master of Public Administration Peacock
Master of Science in Finance  Drab

All Master of Science degrees awarded by the College of the Coast and Environment wear a Gold colored hood.

All Master of Science degrees awarded by the College of Engineering wear an Orange colored hood.

Degree Hood Color
Master of Arts - Education Light Blue
Master of Arts in Teaching  Light Blue
Master of Education Light Blue
Master of Science - Athletic Training Gold
Master of Science - Kinesiology Sage
Master of Science - Leadership & Human Resource Development Peacock
Master of Social Work Citron
Master of Library Information Science Lemon
Master of Science - Sport Management Gold
Master of Science - Child and Family Studies Gold

Degree Hood Color
Master of Art - Communication Science and Disorders Silver
Master of Art - Communication Studies White
Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing Brown
Master of Art - Creative Writing  White
Master of Art - Hispanic Studies White
Master of Art - French Studies White
Master of Art - Geography White
Master of Art - Anthropology White
Master of Art - History White
Master of Art - Liberal Arts White
Master of Art - Philosophy White
Master of Art - Political Science White
Master of Art - Psychology White
Master of Art - Sociology White

All Master of Mass Communication degrees awarded by the Manship School of Mass Communication wear a Crimson colored hood.

Degree Hood Color
Master of Music Pink
Master of Fine Arts Brown 

All Master of Science degrees awarded by the College of Science wear a Gold colored hood.

All Master of Science degrees awarded by the School of Veterinary Science wear a Gold colored hood.

Degree Hood Color
Master of Art - Higher Education Light Blue
Master of Science - Analytics Drab
Master of Business Administration Drab
Master of Science - Civil Engineering  Orange
Master of Science - Construction Management  Orange
Master of Art - Education Light Blue
Master of Art - Educational Leadership Light Blue
Master of Science - Environmental Sciences  Gold 
Master of Science - Industrial Engineering Orange
Master of Science - Kinesiology  Sage
Master of Science - Leadership & Human Resource Development Peacock
Master of Art - Liberal Arts White
Master of Library Information Science Lemon
Master of Public Administration Peacock
Master of Social Work Citron
Master of Science - Sport Management  Gold

Doctoral candidates wear customized purple regalia with full rounded sleeves, velvet facings featuring the LSU seal, and purple bars on the sleeves. Doctoral candidates wear a six-pointed tam. Hoods are lined in purple and gold, and each degree is distinguished by different color trim. The trim color by degree is listed below. 

Degree Hood Color
Doctor of Philosophy Blue
Doctor of Design White
Doctor of Musical Arts Pink

Approved Regalia

Alpha Delta Pi's open motto is, "We Live For Each Other," leading us to support each other in every aspect of our lives. Alpha Delta Pi is committed to sisterhood, values and ethics, high academic standards, and social responsibility. The Omega chapter continues that commitment at LSU. Alpha Delta Pi members are involved in many opportunities within Alpha Delta Pi such as leadership positions and Philanthropic events and partnerships both with Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Max Gruver Foundation. Members are additionally involved in countless campus activities and organizations, including LSU Ambassadors, Dance Marathon, STRIPES, Honors College, student athletes, various honor and professional societies, and many more.

Sky blue and white honor cord Blue and white Alpha Delta Pi embroidered stole. The stole holds our crest and greek letter name.

Alpha Gamma Rho's purpose is "To Make Better Men," which is achieved in many ways: through academics, social events, and being in a professional fraternity. As the only social and professional fraternity at LSU, AGR men are given an edge when it comes to life after graduation. Anyone can become great with the right influences, and AGRs pride themselves on knowing what it takes to make great men.

Green stole with greek letters representing Alpha Gamma Rho

Alpha Phi is a philanthropic organization supporting the Alpha Phi Foundation. This foundation invests in the advancement of women's heart health and supports members via scholarships, grants, and leadership training. 

red stole with white trim for alpha phi fraternity

AITP is the departmental organization directly associated with ISDS at the E.J. Ourso College of Business at LSU. They are an organization that fosters student career success in the field of technology. Members are able to connect with classmates, collaborate with fellow ISDS majors, and network with business professionals to expand their network and knowledge of the constantly evolving IT industry. 

Members who have attended at least 5 professional development events throughout the semester will be recognized by wearing a gold stole with a purple AITP logo.

Gold Stole with AITP logo in purple

LSU varsity student-athletes graduates wear a white stole that recognizes their status as a student-athlete. Information on these graduates can be found through LSU Athletics.

White athletic stoles on a table celebrating student athletes.

Beta Beta Beta is a national biological honors society that fosters networking with professors and other students. This organization hosts meetings, events, and socials to engage students with LSU's College of Science while connecting undergraduates with faculty who enable students to conduct undergraduate research. Distinguished members are students specifically within biology related degrees who have maintained honor-level 3.0 GPAs and regularly attend club meetings, helping to further advance collaboration among future biology professionals while understanding the importance of academic success. Beta Beta Beta Cords

The BioMedical Engineering Society is a national professional organization with more than 6,800 members and 115 student chapters. The Biological Engineering Student Organization BMES chapter at LSU has existed for more than 40 years, acting as a pre-professional club for college students committed to a career in this field. This cord is meant to recognize students who have a demonstrated commitment to giving back to the community and to the field of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. 

BioMedical Engineering Scociety Cord

BEI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses simple math, writing, and reading aloud exercises as an intervention to improve cognitive function in those with Alzheimer's Disease. We volunteer and visit with residents at the Claiborne, a nursing home in Baton Rouge. 

Gray braided cord

Chi Omega is the largest women's fraternity nationwide with over 173 chapters and 300,000 initiates.

The Phi Gamma chapter at LSU has been established for 87 years. The sisters of Chi Omega pride themselves in upholding the six purposes established by its founders: friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and credible scholarship, participation in campus activities, career development, and community service.

Chi Omega White stole with Gold border that has the chi omega crest on one side and class year on the other side.

The Coalition of Black Women in STEM is an organization for African American women in STEM majors. This group inspires and uplifts its members and creates a positive impact on the community. Graduates wearing the silver and white cords are STEM majors, have a minimum of five volunteer hours, and regularly attend meetings.

Coalition of Black Women in STEM cords

Coastal Environmental Science Advocates' purpose is to build a network of undergraduates within LSU's smallest college, the College of the Coast and Environment. Through offering opportunities for volunteerism, job connections, social engagement, and academic support; we aim to foster a highly involved undergraduate community.

Green, blue and orange commencment cord.

Delta Gamma is one of the largest international women’s organizations with more than 250,000 members and 150 collegiate chapters.

The Gamma Zeta chapter is one of the largest and most highly respected sororities at LSU, just recently celebrating its 75th anniversary of being on LSU's campus. The sisters of Delta Gamma strive towards fostering high ideals of friendship among women, promoting their educational and cultural interests, creating a true sense of social responsibility, and developing in them the best qualities of character. Delta Gamma Stole

Delta Zeta is an enduring sisterhood based on a heritage of core values, academic excellence, leadership development, and service to others. Delta Zeta members take pride in upholding the 6 core values established by its founders: friendship, curiosity, generosity, citizenship, empowerment, and belonging. The stole showcases each member's academic and philanthropic dedication to serving LSU through Greek life over the past four years, specifically the Delta Zeta Sorority. Delta Zeta Stole

This organization's purpose is to create awareness of disability within the community. We create a network of respect and communication between students, faculty, and staff. To the best of our ability, we support the equipment of every member of the community with the necessary resources, tools, and information to be made a confident member of said community. 

red, blue, and yellow braided cord

The LSU Distinguished Communicator program is for self-motivated LSU undergraduates who want to refine their communication skills and excel in their chosen professions. Students who successfully achieve this unique distinction are recognized with a medal at graduation and receive a permanent commendation on their official transcripts, giving them significant leverage in today’s job market. Upon completion of the program, these students possess the competitive skills and knowledge needed for 21st-century leadership.

Information on the program and the requirements can be found through Communication Across Curriculum.

Gold medal with purple and gold necklace.

The LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher designation recognizes the achievements of outstanding LSU undergraduates who participate in a track of educational and research activities leading to a final and public presentation or publication of a faculty-mentored undergraduate scholarly project. An LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher is a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability as an advanced student researcher in their discipline. Distinguished Researchers will be honored at a special medal ceremony in their graduating semester and the designation will be noted on their transcripts.

Information on this program and the requirements for this award are found at the Discover Undergraduate Research Program

Distinguished undergraduate researcher medal laid on table.

The Early Childhood Association is established for the expressed purpose of developing leadership skills and encouraging participation and professionalism in the field of education for young children. 

Information on this program and the requirements for this award are found at the LSU Early Childhood Association.

ECA Stole

The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL), in conjunction with LSU Campus Life , has established the Engaged Citizen Program, which seeks to support and recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate students who engage significantly with their communities to address critical community needs. For graduation, Engaged Citizens receive a medal and certificate during a celebration ceremony held on campus the week of your college’s graduation. They will also have the distinction on your college transcript—an accolade to add on applications and resumes that proves you used your knowledge and skills to serve others as an Engaged Citizen.

Information on the Engaged Citizen Program can be found through CCELL.

Gold medal with a tree for Engaged Citizens.

First-generation students are students whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s college degree. A first-generation student may also be a student whose parents completed a bachelor’s college degree outside of the United States.

In recognition of their achievements, first generation graduates will wear a sky blue cord. The Olinde Career Center will provide these cords. For information on how to receive these cords, please contact their office.


Sky Blue Cords

SAE International's Collegiate Design Series (CDS) competitions take students beyond textbook theory by enabling them to design, build, and test the performance of a real vehicle and then compete with other students from around the globe in exciting and intense competitions. All CDS competitions prepare undergraduate and graduate engineering students in a variety of disciplines for future employment in mobility-related industries by challenging them with a hands-on, team engineering experience that also requires budgeting, communication, project management, and resource management skills. Students also gain valuable exposure with recruiters from leading companies in the mobility industry to help land their first engineering job after graduation.

TigerRacing Formula SAE team members who have been an active member for at least two years will be recognized with a white stole with a yellow border with the LSU Formula SAE TigerRacing logo. The stole will also feature their position held. 

Yellow Border White Stole with Tiger Racing logo on the left side.

German Club is for students interested in learning about the German culture, traditions, and language. To promote this learning, the German Club hosts events such as Stammtisch to facilitate language learning, German Movie Nights, and Guest Lectures.

Honor cord that is black, red, and gold in color

Habitat for Humanity senior cords are designed to honor and recognize members for their incredible hard-work and dedication to the club's mission throughout their years in the organization. 

At LSU, those wearing this cord will have attended at least 6 builds and have at least 40 volunteer hours at the Habitat Re-store retail location.

Brown and white spiraled honor cord.

The purpose of the Her Campus at Louisiana State University organization is to provide an online hub and on-campus community for Louisiana State University‘s students through editorial and social media content, events, networking, skill building, and more. Members will gain experience and learn from industry leaders across areas including but not limited to journalism, marketing, public relations, event planning, and business. All students will have access to informative content, events and initiatives hosted by Her Campus at Louisiana State University that is specifically created by and for Louisiana State University students and catered to the Louisiana State University experience.

All pink commencement cord.

HDFSSA is a student organization for students in the college of Human Sciences and Education who are passionate about volunteering, giving back to the community, and working in social services with all different age groups! HDFSSA joins the spheres of family policy, psychology, economics, social work, and more.

Light blue and pink commencement cord.

The IEEE, or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is a global professional organization dedicated to advancing technology and innovation in the fields of electrical engineering, electronics, computer science, and related disciplines. Its primary purpose is to facilitate collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the development of standards to drive advancements in technology. IEEE serves as a hub for professionals, researchers, and students to connect, exchange ideas, and contribute to the progress of various technological domains.

Royal blue commencment cord

The Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers is a professional society dedicated solely to the support of the Industrial Engineering profession pertaining to professional development and networking. The stole worn by members of the IISE organization are symbols of pride and accomplishment for being a part of this professional organization. These members wearing this stole at the academic ceremony displays leadership and commitment to professionally developing themselves during their time with IISE.IISE Stole

Kappa Alpha Theta is a Panhellenic sorority on campus. Theta was the first greek letter fraternity known abound women, and our philanthropy is CASA (court appointed special advocates). Kappa Alpha Theta at LSU raises over $50,000 each year for our Capital Area Casa office. Theta is a great part of the greek community with continual support for other LSU greek and non-Greek organizations. White stole with Kappa Alpha Theta letters

Kappa Delta Sorority's mission : encouraging members to live with integrity and honor in the bonds of lifelong friendship building confidence in members to excel in college and throughout their lives inspiring members to be active leaders, responsible citizens and engage members of the community and providing opportunities and experiences that foster personal and professional growth for a lifetime. 

White stole with green trim

This sorority helps women develop socially and academically. Members have to go through the rush process and be an initiated active member of the sorority. While in the sorority they must maintain no lower than a 2.8 GPA and meet the specified number of service hours each semester.

blue and white stole with kappa kappa gamma letters

The graduation stole, "Kente Cloth" presented to LSU graduates by the African American Cultural Center is custom made and woven in Ghana, West Africa. The patterns and colors woven into the Kente cloth represent distinctive qualities exemplified by Louisiana State University graduates. The colors not only represent the tradition of our great University but also the culture, royalty, and precious metals from our rich heritage. Information on the robing ceremony can be provided by the African American Cultural Center.

Purple Kente stole featuring LSU.

The Kinesiology Club acquaints students with research and educational developments, promotes professionalism in the Kinesiology field, and provides a resource bank specific to our field, including information about potential employment, as well as professional organization membership and certification. Our club promotes social and academic interaction among graduate and undergraduate Kinesiology students and promotes a physically active lifestyle throughout the campus and its surrounding community. 

LSU Kinesiology Club Cord

The Kollective is established to embrace the diversity of natural hair styles and textures. We dedicate ourselves to creating a comfortable and inclusive space where conversations surrounding natural and protective styles are celebrated. At The Kollective, members can feel free to reflect and connect with others as they discuss their hair journey. We place a significant emphasis on encouraging our members to not view their hair as an obstacle, but rather as a way to exude self-confidence. We aim to empower, educate, and unify through our common fabric, our hair!

The mission of The Kollective is to proudly address the challenges and deep-rooted myths about beauty, the "collective" fear around acceptance, as well as the struggle for self-acceptance. With this mission, The Kollective strives to fulfill LSU’s mission to “solve economic, environmental, and social challenges through the application of knowledge and the cultivation of arts”.

Pink braided cord

Leadership LSU is designed to give students the experience of developing and applying their leadership at high levels while in their final semesters at LSU. Students wearing the Leadership LSU Stole have applied and been selected to complete the semester long program. To be included in the cohort they must demonstrate leadership and meet academic and conduct standards. A maximum of 50 students per year are selected to participate in Leadership LSU. Leadership LSU Stole

LSU Pre-Optometry Club is an organization that helps students navigate their career in optometry. The club provides resources, support, and networking opportunities. Its purpose is to help members gain insight into the optometry field, connect with professionals, and prepare for the optometry school application process. Through meetings, guest speakers, and volunteer opportunities, the club aims to aid students in their future careers.

Yellow and white commencement cord.

The Public Relations Student Society of America seeks to get students interested in public relations career ready following their graduation. PRSSA brings in guest speakers every other week to the Journalism Building in order to allow students to network, learn valuable skills, and prepare for their future careers. 

Purple Stole with PRSSA logo

SOARS is a prestigious scholarship program within the College of Science awarded to students based on academic excellence and financial need. The blue and yellow cords are given to students who were part of the SOARS Scholarship program from initial selection until their senior year. 

Visit the LSU SOARS website for more information on this scholarship program.LSU SOARS cord

LSU Student Media provides news, information and entertainment services to the campus community, especially for students. All student media organizations (the Gumbo yearbook, KLSU radio, TigerTV and the Reveille/ are student run with faculty advisers. 

Students who complete at least three semesters of work for student media organizations will qualify for an honor cord. They may complete their three semesters at a single student media organization or a combination of multiple organizations. 

Red and White braided cord

MEDLIFE stands for Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere. As an organization, students work with other MEDLIFE chapters across the country to fundraise for development projects in Latin America and Africa. Members also participate in local volunteer efforts in the Greater Baton Rouge Area to help those in need in their own community. Red or black braided cord

The Minority-Physician Assistant club was established to provide a more accessible support system that is readily available to assist in providing solutions for current minority students seeking out physician assistant programs. The organization shall provide information about physician assistant programs to the members. These purposes shall be achieved through tours of schools, guest speakers, workshops, study groups, contact with professional personnel and career certifications.

American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) is an organization of students who are interested in law, public speaking, and theatricality. Students are assigned a case in August. They spend the next 6 months studying the case and preparing arguments for both the defense and the prosecution (or plaintiff) in order to represent LSU in competitions.

Pink Cord rolled into a roll

The National Society of Leaderships and Success is an organization that provides a life-changing leadership program that helps students achieve personal growth, career success, and empowers them to have a positive impact in their communities.

Members will be recognized by wearing silver stole featuring in black the NSLS Sigma Alpha Pi letters. They will also wear a silver and black cord.

Silver Stole with Alphi Pi letters and a silver and black cord set.

The National TRIO Alumni Association (NTAA) promotes the continued existence of TRIO programs; and foster enduring relationships between alumni, students, and partners through intellectual, professional, and personal connections. At LSU there are three TRIO programs, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. Through their academic, financial, social, and cultural supportive services, TRIO programs have empowered an estimated 6 million low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities to enter and graduate college. This regalia will be worn by an alumnus of a TRIO program. 

Members will be recognized by wearing a white stole with TRIO printed on one side and the logo of the National TRIO Alumni Association printed on the other.

A white stole with TRIO printed on one side and the logo of the National TRIO Alumni Association printed on the other.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosts a Multicultural Graduation Celebration to celebrate the achievements and honor the intersectionality of students graduating from LSU who identify as Latinx/Hispanic/Latin American, Native American, and Asian/Asian American & Pacific Islander.  The graduation stoles are custom made and feature patterns and colors woven into the stoles to represent distinctive qualities exemplified by Louisiana State University graduates.  Students may choose who they wish to present their cord and this event is open to the public. Information on this ceremony and ordering the stoles can be found through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Three stoles approved for the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Omega Nu Lambda is a national collegiate honor society exclusively for online students. It was founded with the purpose of assisting online students have a better experience by acknowledging their academic achievements, offering scholarship opportunities, and creating community. Members are invited by their university representative. 

For more information on this organization, please reach out to the campus representative, Courtney Kirschner.Omega Nu Lambda Cords

Omicron Delta Kappa is a selective honor society in which members are recognized for exhibiting some form of the 5 pillars of campus life: academics and research, athletics, service to campus and community, communications, and creative and performing arts. Members also strive to embody leadership values. 

White stole with Omicron Delta Kappa logo

Phi Alpha Delta or PAD is the undergraduate Pre Law fraternity here at LSU. we help organize events and study nights for anyone interested in law school. White and purple braided cord

Pi Sigma Epsilon is a professional organization for students and professionals in the field of sales, marketing, and management. PSE's mission is to develop professional skills and leadership abilities in its members through practical experience, workshops, and networking opportunities. Pi Sigma Epsilon also aims to foster a sense of community and social responsibility among its members. Membership is open to students who have an interest in sales, marketing, or management and who meet the organization's academic and professional standards.

Members will be recognized by wearing gold stole featuring their organization's symbol and name in purple.

Yellow stole with purple image of a hammer with wings on the left side and the text Pi Sigma Epsilon on the right.

Phi Sigma Theta shall be to recognize and reward academic achievement in college undergraduates and encourage community service, leadership, and continued scholastic excellence amongst its members.

green, purple, and gold braided cords

Physician Assistant Collegiate Society (PACS) provides a community for Pre-PA students to network, challenge each other and engage with community PAs. We meet 8-9 times a semester and have community outreach events often. Our club has around 240 members, with about 60-70 being active per semester. 

Silver Cord

The Pre-Dental Society at LSU is a student organization geared towards those interested in the fields of dentistry, dental hygiene and dental lab technology. The purple and white cord signifies participation in the organization that prepares students for dental or dental hygiene school. More information on this organization can be found on the Pre-Dental Society website.

Purple and white spiraled honor cord.

The Pre-Law Society at LSU is an organization that serves as a valuable resource for students interested in pursuing a career in the legal field.

To wear this honor cord, students must be active members who have gained at least 2 cohesion points, 3 volunteer points, and attendance at least 4 events such as induction, panels, practice LSATs, etc. All members must already be in academic good standing with the organization.

White stole with school colored striped that says "The Pre-Law Society at LSU" on the left side and class of info on the right side

We are a student based organization at LSU aimed to providing resources and hands on experiences that help pre-veterinary students be more prepared for vet school. The qualifications are determined by members achieving active semesters. This means any member who is wearing the club's senior stoles has completed 5 animal related service hours, has attended 5 out of 7 meetings, has attended 2 fundraising events, completed 1 skill builder, and has attended 1 DEI event, during the semester. 

purple and gold stole with pre-vet insignia

LSU's Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College engages a diverse population of high-achieving students in a dynamic interaction of outstanding instruction, innovative research, and public service.

All Honors' College graduates will be recognized by a champagne cord. Those graduating with thesis honors will also receive a silver cord. Students graduating with upper division honors will receive a white cord. Information on the requirements for these honors can be found listed on the Honors College website

Thesis Honors Cord Honors College Graduate Cord Upper Division Honors Cord
Silver cord with tassels. Champagne cord with tassels. White cord with tassels.


Commissioning officers who have completed ROTC are eligible to wear the prescribed dress uniform. Information on commissioning ceremonies can be found through each branch: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, and Naval ROTC.

Four ROTC cadets are recognized at a LSU commencement ceremony.

Sigma Alpha is LSU’s only professional and social sorority. Sigma Alpha was founded in 1978 at Ohio State University to promote women in agriculture, but members of any major and background are welcome. Like other sororities, Sigma Alpha embraces service in the community with two philanthropies. Their national philanthropy is Agriculture in the Community, which aims to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society. The Zeta chapter’s local philanthropy is Companion Animal Alliance. They support the shelter by volunteering time with the animals as well as raising funds through an annual philanthropy event. Sigma Alpha strives for achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service and offers a wonderful opportunity to make lifelong friendships.Sigma Alpha Stole

Sigma Gamma Rho has a proud history of providing positive and proactive community outreach nationally and internationally. The sorority's mission is to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil action, and social action. Their goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health, awareness, and leadership development. The members, affiliates, staff, and community partners work to create and support initiatives that align with the sorority’s vision—Greater Service, Greater Progress. The Gamma Pi chapter was chartered on LSU’s campus on March 23, 2000, by four undergraduate students.

Sigma Gamma Rho Stole

Sigma Lambda Chi provides recognition to outstanding students in construction curricula. Sigma Lambda Chi is the society that offers students the opportunity to be recognized locally and internationally for their academic accomplishments as a construction major.

Aside from the fundamental purpose, Sigma Lambda Chi has three objectives:

The first is to render service to the major field of study. This is accomplished by active student participation in tasks and events that affect the construction program that houses the local Sigma Lambda Chi chapter.
The second objective is to develop good relations among campus, industry, and the public. Undertaking projects which further this purpose is expected of members of Sigma Lambda Chi.
The third objective is to recognize outstanding professional individuals in construction. Sigma Lambda Chi has honorary membership classifications that can be bestowed upon individuals who deserve special recognition because of their contribution to construction education or some facet of the construction industry.

White stole with gold greek letters representing Sigma Lambda Chi.

Leadership and Human Resource Development (HRD) is a field of study that focuses on developing the skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective leader in an organization or community. It is a multidisciplinary field that draws on principles from psychology, sociology, management, and education.

Cords in navy blue, light blue and white.

LSU's student organization for Sport Administration majors aims to connect members with other SPADM majors and aspiring sport professionals. This club offers a variety of opportunities for networking, professional development and skill enhancement. Seniors in the Sport Administration Association are eligible to be recognized at graduation. Sports Admin Cords

The Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) exists to support, empower, and inspire all veterinary students in improving their lives, education, and career, along with securing a better future for our profession through collaboration with our parent organization, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The LSU SVM chapter works to oversee our 20+ student organizations and student-lead events. 

Purple and gold stole

Student Government's mission is to lead, advocate, and serve. LSU Student Government officers work tirelessly to improve the student experience at LSU. This is done through our elected and appointed branches. Students write legislation, meet with administrators, host programming, and create initiatives that benefit LSU's community as a whole. These student leaders serve the community by acting as advocates for student opinions and ensuring student representation across campus. Student Government Stole

The Student Association of the Society of Wetland Scientists is affiliated with the South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists, whose mission is to promote understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands. At LSU, this Student Association brings together an inter-disciplinary group of students interested in science, management, and policy issues surrounding Louisiana's unique wetland ecosystems.
The diversity within our communities and wetlands is what gives Louisiana such a rich culture, and the health of Louisiana's wetland ecosystems directly impacts the well-being of these communities. Therefore, as a student-led organization, we are committed to the inclusion of students from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are also committed to a practice of intersectional environmentalism through a focus on wetlands-related educational events and service projects that promote environmental equity in under-served communities.

We welcome all students interested in learning about wetlands or simply enjoying the outdoor adventures Louisiana provides. Green, blue, and red braided cord

The purpose of the LSU Student Philanthropy Council is to educate students on the value and impact of philanthropy at LSU. They raise money for their fund of choice as well as do hands-on community service around the Baton Rouge area. SPC acts as ambassadors for the university, working to establish a culture and legacy of giving among our future alumni, as well as engage and thank those who have made LSU a philanthropic priority.

White Satin Angled Stole with Purple Trim.

Synapse is a neuroscience club for students established due to the significant interest in neuroscience amongst LSU students. Meetings consist of a range of neuro-related guest speakers, including academic faculty researchers and medical professionals. Social events are also offered to connect students interested in neuroscience, networking opportunities, and career advice.

Honor cord in the colors of light pink and sky blue swirled

Tau Beta Pi is the oldest Engineering Honor Society. Tau Beta Pi was founded in 1885 to recognize outstanding students who display both distinguished scholarship in engineering fields and exemplary character. The LA Alpha chapter at LSU has been on campus since 1936. 

In order to gain membership into Tau Beta Pi, an engineering student must be in the top 1/8th of the junior class or the top 1/5th of the senior class (within the College of Engineering) while exhibiting exemplary qualities of character. Initiated, active members of the LA Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi completing our requirements of one professional development meeting and one service event per semester until graduating are allowed to wear the adornment.

White and orange stole (goes around front of neck) with our insignia (the Bent) on the front.

Participation in the LSU Tiger Marching Band program reflects an above-and-beyond commitment to Louisiana State University and the State of Louisiana; students in the program honor the musical traditions of the Old War Skule and simultaneously serve as contemporary goodwill ambassadors on national and international stages. For graduating seniors with multiple years of service in the organization, the LSU Department of Bands offers this regalia in recognition of their distinctive contributions to our institution and state.

This recognition is represented through a satin fabric stole in gold, with "The Golden Band From Tigerland" mark on one side, representing the modern organization, and the classic LSU diamond iconography on the other, paying tribute to the band's historic pedigree.

Gold stole featuring Tiger Band name and LSU.

Women in Business at Louisiana State University or WIB, is an ALL-FEMALE academic & professional organization that was established in 2020. Women in Business at LSU was established to foster students' professional development, particularly by preparing members for the unique challenges women face in the workplace and connecting them with successful businesswomen in the Baton Rouge community and beyond. They provide opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, participate in community service, and network with professionals in various fields. Their goal is to empower women to succeed in their careers and positively impact the world. 

White Stole with pink borders that states WIB.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is an international organization for women with a focus on community service, scholarship and sisterhood. The organization is a part of LSU's panhellenic council. It focuses on raising people’s consciousness, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and foster a greater sense of unity among its members. The real mission of the organization is to increase progressive organizations and address fully the societal mores, ills, prejudices, and poverty affecting humanity in general and the black community in particular.

White stole with blue borders featuring the greek letters representing Zeta Phi Beta

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