The Stole of Gratitude is a lasting symbol of love, appreciation, and academic accomplishment. After the ceremony, the new graduate presents the Stole of Gratitude to someone who provided extraordinary support. Graduates often write a few words of love and appreciation on the back of the stole with a permanent fine tip marker. Friends and family of the graduate may autograph the front or back as well. The Syracuse University seal is embroidered in navy on the orange satin stole.