The McNeese State University graduating class of fall
2017 will be the first to "Geaux Blue” at commencement on Dec. 9 in Burton
Coliseum - students receiving bachelor’s degrees will be
sporting newly designed blue robes and caps with blue and gold tassels.
The new look - which also includes the
black robes worn by those receiving master’sand education
specialist degrees - will be unveiled at Fall Grad Fest on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from
a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Parra Ballroom in the Holbrook Student Union Annex (New
The blue robes will feature the McNeese
"M” on the front while the black
robes will feature blue piping down the front and the McNeese seal.
Donna Martin, director of the McNeese Bookstore, said
the idea to switch to custom regalia was presented by McNeese President Dr.
"Dr. Burckel wanted to make the commencement ceremony
more memorable for those graduating and for those watching the graduation,”
said Martin. "With the new regalia, we are embracing the school colors while
maintaining the tradition of commencement.”
The new regalia designs were approved by the university
commencement committee and Martin said there is excitement about the unveiling. "We think the students will like this new colorful
Also at Grad Fest, students can order graduation
announcements and class rings, have graduation pictures taken, pay any
outstanding fees and talk with representatives from graduate school, the alumni
association, the McNeese Credit Union, career and student development center
and scholarships and testing.
Fall Grad Fest is sponsored by the McNeese Alumni