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Understanding ASU graduation pomp — with Sparky


Sparky holding university mace
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December 09, 2016

Ever wonder about the circumstances behind all that pomp at graduation?

There are tams, mortar boards, tassels, chevrons, hoods, bell sleeves, insignias, a medallion — and even a giant mace. But who wears what and why?

Melissa Warner, director of university ceremonies at ASU, explains it all — with an assist from the No. 1 Sun Devil, Sparky.

She stopped by ASU studios to dress the school’s beloved mascot in various graduation robes, caps and sashes to detail the differences and explain the embellishments.

So now when someone comes out weilding a giant medieval club, you’ll know exactly what’s going on.

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