The academic dress, or regalia, worn at commencement has a history dating back to the middle ages. Learn more about why participants wear what they do and what the different styles indicate.

Mace and Presidential Medallion

The university mace and Presidential medal are traditional symbols of authority. Both are essential pieces of any formal university event.


Gonfalons, ceremonial banners, have their origins in medieval Italy and are a symbolic representation of each college. Each Dean carries his college's gonfalon in the academic processional.

Alma Mater

The Lamar University Alma Mater is sung at the end of each commencement ceremony. Gilbert Rhodes Smartt, Lamar Professor from 1945 to 1951 wrote the words and composed the music to the alma mater in 1951 in celebration of Lamar's elevation to senior college status.