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College of Idaho grads to wear recycled caps and gowns

2010. 05. 25.

The College of Idaho's Class of 2010 will graduate clad head to toe in recycled plastic. Participants in the June 5 commencement ceremony will wear the GreenWeaver, a cap and gown set made entirely of recycled plastic bottles.

The College of Idaho is the first college or university in Idaho to use these recycled caps and gowns in its commencement ceremony.

“I think it's very good,” said Marv Henberg, president of The College of Idaho. “An educational institution has a duty to the future of the country, and that future can't be complete unless we're responsible about taking care of the environment.”

The GreenWeaver was introduced in May of 2009 by Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a Virginia-based academic apparel company. It takes about 23 recycled bottles to make each outfit and the gowns themselves also are recyclable. According to Oak Hill, about 120 colleges and universities nationwide are wearing GreenWeaver outfits in place of traditional polyester regalia this spring.

The decision to go green with the caps and gowns – initiated by The College of Idaho Bookstore – was made for several reasons. In addition to the environmental benefits of recycled regalia, the gowns are cheaper than the polyester rental gowns C of I has ordered in the past. Students also get to keep their caps and gowns rather than having to return them after commencement.

The College of Idaho commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. June 5 and will be held in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of campus, located at 2112 Cleveland Boulevard in Caldwell.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit