Honor Stoles

College Stole, Honors Sash

Honor StolesOur honor stoles, also known as a college stole or honors sash, are available in a variety of colors. They are a popular item for a college graduation commencement ceremony. Often used for Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude designation, or for honor society awards. Alternative styles are available on our Choir Stoles page (see the left-hand menu).

At your option, college stoles can be embellished with embroidery or silk screening with either lettering or a design (minimum 25 stoles). Prices and turn-around times for college honors stole embroidery or silk screen work vary depending on the quantity and time of year. See below for details.

Honor Stoles Price
1 $10.00
2 to 9 $10.00
10 to 24 $9.00
25 to 49 $8.00
50 to 99 $7.50
100 or more $7.00
Silk screened Variable, see below (min 25)
Embroidered Variable, see below (min 25)
Minimum Order $25.00 or $50.00 (seasonal) *
Shipping Location Dependant
Rush Orders $34.95 or $49.95 (seasonal) + Special Shipping Fees* *

*Indicates the minimum sum for your entire order. You do not have to meet the minimum order for just honor stoles. if your total order (including other items you are ordering at the same time, such as caps and gowns, a graduate gown or academic regalia or honor cords) meets this minimum order sum.

** Minimum order and Rush Order fees and availability may change depending on the season. Academic Apparel functions on two seasons: graduation season, which runs from about March through June, and non-graduation season, which runs from July to February. If there is a more expensive option, it will be during the graduation season.

Silk Screening and Embroidery

College Stole Embroidery

Silk-screening for honor stoles is available, on orders of 25 stoles or more. All silk-screened orders carry a fixed setup fee of $50.00. After the setup fee, the price is a fixed application fee of $1.50 per side (in addition to the standard stole prices listed above). You can silk-screen a design, lettering, or both. Available letters include Old English, Block, Script, and Greek lettering. Generally for designs we request that you email us a copy of the proposed design (as a .jpg or .gif file). Faxes or rough sketches of a design will require an additional artists fee to recreate the design digitally.

Embroidered Lettering for college stoles is available (minimum order 25 stoles). If you are interested in just embroidered lettering on stoles, there is no setup fee. The prices for embroidered lettering (which are in addition to the standard stole prices listed above) are as follows:

Letter Style Price per Letter and Letter Size
Old English $1.75 a letter up to 2 inches
Block $2.75 a letter up to 3 inches
Script $2.75 a letter up to 3 inches
Greek $2.75 a letter up to 3 inches

Embroidered Design has a setup fee, and a per-application fee.  For example, if you had a symbol being embroidered on both sides of an honor stole, you would be charged a one time setup fee, and then an application fee for each side of the honor stole, on each stole you have the design.

The setup fee to render your design ranges from $30.00 to $100.00 depending on the complexity of the design, and the quality of the image you supply us with.  We request that you email us a copy of the proposed design as a .jpg or .gif file.  Faxes or rough sketches will increase the setup fee, as we will have to use the services of our in-house artist to recreate the design before rendering it.

The per-application fee is based on the number of stitches in your design.  We will not generally know the number of stitches until the design is rendered by us.  A rough guideline is provided below:

# of Stitches Per-Application Price (min 25)
Up to 7,499 $6.00
7,500 to 9,999 $7.50
10,000 to 14,999 $9.00
15,000 to 19,999 $12.00
20,000 to 29,999 $18.00
30,000 to 39,999 $24.00
40,000 + ~$0.60 per 1,000 stitches

There is a minimum of 25 applications of any given design.  So, for example, if you are ordering honor stoles, it would be a minimum 25 honor stoles.

When submitting your design, please try and keep in mind the visible space available for your design.  For example, our honor stoles are about 32 inches long each side, and about 4 and one-half inches wide.  However, some of that length is a tapered section near your neck that would not be visible, and another is a tapered section that comes to a point at the bottom of the stole.  Realistically there is only about 18” to 19” of vertical length to work with, and around 4” of horizontal width, on each side.

Computer files may be supplied as vector art saved in any of the following formats:
Generic EPS file (.eps)
Illustrator (.ai)
Photoshop (.psd)
Acrobat (.pdf)

Or as standard graphic files such as:

Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)
Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg)

We may also be able to accept .tiff files, but please ask.

All artwork needs to be at 300dpi
All documents must be 100% at this resolution


Because all embroidered and silk-screened items are unique custom-made items, there are NO RETURNS ON EMBROIDERED OR SILK-SCREENED ITEMS.

Our basic fonts include Block, Old English, Script, and Greek, which look approximately like the following:

Old English Font Old English Font
Block Font Block Font
Script Font Script Font
Greek Font Greek Font


Colors, Production Times, Shipping, and Payment

The colors generally available include those listed below. Please note that the colors you see on this page may not be accurate (since everyone's monitor and video settings differ). If you would like free swatch samples, they are included along with our free catalog.

Gold Red Royal White Purple Burgundy Silver Off White Black
Gold Red Royal White Purple Burgundy Silver / Gray Eggshell Black

A shipping charge will apply to all orders (priced depending on your exact location and the type of shipping speed you choose), and rush fees if you need it rush ordered (if available). Tax applies only to shipping locations within California. Generally, production times are around 4-5 weeks without a rush fee, or 3 weeks with a rush fee (when available). Shipping time is generally about one week for standard UPS shipping, or faster if you pay for a faster shipping method.

We accept many forms of payment, including credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Discover, eCheck, JCB, MasterCard, Visa), and U.S. based personal or business checks (either in the mail or through an online eCheck, easily processed through our site). Purchasing can be done directly online (using the menu link to the left) for all listed items except embroidered stoles, which require a fax, mail, or email submission for price estimation.

Please note that when paying with a check online (using our eCheck system), it's just like using a regular check. Which means the banks take 10 days before they will clear the check. That means we cannot ship an order paid with a check until the 11th day after we received the order (so that we can verify the check cleared). This 10 day hold applies even to orders where you pay the rush fee. If you need an order very quickly, it's best to pay with a credit card.

Need to contact us? You can call us toll free at (800) 626-5000 in the US, or locally (or internationally with the appropriate country code) at (818) 886-8697. You can also fax us at (818) 886-8743. Write to us at 20644 Superior St., Chatsworth, CA 91311, USA (in-person visits should be done by appointment). You can also email us at the link listed on the menu to the left.

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