Support the environment by not buying a graduation gown
I am currently a Master of Science student in environmental science at Towson University.
I plan to graduate this May and, like most other graduates, hope to participate in the graduation ceremony.
However, one factor that may prevent my participation is the wasteful and environmentally harmful purchase of a polyester graduation garment that will only be used once. Approximately 5,000 students will graduate from TU this year.
There are 2,774 four-year colleges in the United States.
Most of these colleges have graduations with one-use graduation regalia.
How many thousands of pounds of CO2 are released in the production of these synthetic gowns? How many barrels of oil are used?
A rent and reuse system should be implemented for graduation robes.
My parents did not buy graduation robes new, and your parents likely didn’t either.
I think that this would be a valuable step toward making TU a green campus.
Since any more environmentally-friendly measures are unlikely to occur this academic year, I ask that students request permission to wear their own professional/nice clothing to the graduation ceremony in lieu of a robe.