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 white ESF stole is embroidered with the ESF insignia.