Special Robes for 2008 Graduation

James Madison University is making a special decision for the 2008 graduating class, but not all seniors think it's a good idea.

Instead of wearing traditional black robes on commencement day, seniors will have no choice but to don purple robes. In celebration of this year's centennial graduating class, JMU wanted to do something special by using the university's school colors, purple and gold.

The decision is being met with mixed reaction among the graduating class.

John Jughes says, "I don't really like it actually. I really don't like the color purple. I'd much rather have it be a classic black."

Jaclyn Woolsey says, "I guess it's cool that we're the only class that's really ever going to do it. Cause it's all about the Centennial class, but really I'd rather prefer the black. I think it's nice in principle but it's really just going to remind me of high school. My high school colors were purple and white so I think it'll look a little immature. But it's going to look pretty in the spring."

Chris Rineker says, "Purple. It's alright. I've been wearing it for four years so I think it'll be alright."

Graduates who have already purchased a black gown can exchange it for a purple one at the campus bookstore for a discounted price. Regarding future years, Univesrity Spokesman Don Egle says no decision has been made yet.


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