At Texas Wesleyan’s robing ceremony, more than 100 Texas
Wesleyan students will have their graduation robes placed around them by a
faculty member whose influence has been especially meaningful in their lives.
But what is the robing tradition and why is the robing
tradition so loved by the Texas Wesleyan community?
Robing began in the late 1920s, when Texas
Wesleyan University was still known as Polytechnic College, and it was meant to
illustrate the close ties between faculty and students at the school. Since
that time, it has become a full-fledged collegiate tradition; thousands have
marked their passage from student to graduate through the ceremony.
Robing is an awe-inspiring and joyful event. In a uniform
display of academic tradition, the Texas Wesleyan faculty, dressed in academic
regalia, walk across the University’s campus and into the hall. Family members
of students smile – and cry – as they snap photos and shoot videos of their proud graduates. Some faculty members commemorate the event by
bringing a gift for their students. Hugs happen at a per-second rate.
It’s the kind of tradition you could only have at a small
school with a vibrant faculty like Texas Wesleyan’s. It’s the kind of tradition
that often gets lost in the rush of tens of thousands of students filing
through graduation at bigger universities. It’s a tradition that students never
The Fall 2012 ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Dec.
14, in Martin Hall on the campus of Texas Wesleyan University.The ceremony precedes the commencement
ceremony, which will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Fort Worth
Convention Center. U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess will be the keynote speaker
for the commencement ceremony.