Grand grads: Class up your graduation attire!

Grand grads: Class up your graduation attire!

Ashley Pham

Ashley Pham

For many Pacific seniors, graduation has been the only thing on the mind for the past week or longer. Beneath the stoles and cords representing your college accomplishments and affiliations, what will you wear under your black cap and gown?
Jessie George and Matthew Banes know what they will be wearing on their last day. Jessie, who will be graduating as a third-year self-design major, will be donning different textures and prints underneath her gown. She is wearing a white lace tank top, paired with a gorgeous floral skirt. George will also be standing tall in a pair of nude heels. For the ladies especially, it is essential to select footwear that is both fitting for the occasion and comfortable enough to last through the graduation ceremony. But that’s not all Jessie will be wearing: She will be adorned with stoles from Kappa Altha Theta, Theta Alpha Phi, Pacific Humanities Scholars and Residential Life & Housing.
Your graduation cap is one accessory you shouldn’t forget on graduation. George is planning on decorating hers with a gold border and sequins to resemble a kite. Then, a quote that captures her college experience: “Here’s to the nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality.”
George expressed that Pacific was her home for three years and that it’ll surely be missed, but she will be moving to Boston to attend graduate school at Northeastern University. Though a lover of travel, George will be studying college student development & counseling.
Matthew Banes, a fourth-year theatre arts major with two minors, is sporting quite the sleek look for graduation. His outfit provides a perfect contrast, even under the black graduation cap and gown. Banes is wearing a black dress shirt, black belt, gray dress pants and Kenneth Cole dress shoes. The focal point of his outfit, though, is his floral Stafford tie (which only cost him a penny). For the guys, the tie is really the accessory to experiment and be bold with. In addition, Banes will be donning a Beta Theta Pi stole.
After graduation, Banes is lining up to work onboard shows on cruise ships. This career path is no surprise for someone who studied abroad in Italy for two months. Overall, Matthew had the opportunity to foster great relationships that will carry on past college. As for many graduates, Pacific will always be a home to Banes.

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