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Junior Cassidy Bane tries a bowtie on junior Colleen Fitzgibbons.
May 29, 2015

Chancellor, Provost to Sport UMass Boston-Designed Ties at Commencement


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UMass Boston leaders to sport campus-designed ties.

When Annie Ross graduates this morning, she’ll be paying close attention while watching Chancellor J. Keith Motley and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Winston Langley address her fellow members of the Class of 2015. Ross and half-a-dozen underclassmen helped bring to life the 50th anniversary ties that Motley and Langley will be wearing at commencement.

The Chancellor's Office commissioned Assistant Professor of Costume Design Rafael Jaen to design 50th anniversary ties for commencement. Jaen's practicum and work study students​ researched and steamed fabrics and did the finishing work on both the ties and 50th anniversary scarves.

Jaen found an embroiderer in Illinois that would produce his design and a vendor in the same state that would produce the ties in bulk. He found a local company with a garment division in San Francisco to produce the scarves.

The students helped select which samples would make it through to the Chancellor’s Office based upon legibility and readability. In the case of one tie that didn’t make the cut, you couldn’t see the design when a suit jacket was buttoned over it. (Go here to see the rejected samples.)

Although for now, only these sample ties and scarves exist, the goal is to eventually make them available for purchase from the UMass Boston Bookstore.​