Cords and sashes policy is clarified

SMILING WITH SASHES - Alumni Michael Cheng and Andy Leung (from left to right) stand with their sashes and cords after the 2012 graduation ceremony.

Courtesy of Andy Leung

SMILING WITH SASHES – Alumni Michael Cheng and Andy Leung (from left to right) stand with their sashes and cords after the 2012 graduation ceremony.

Recently, Girl’s League requested for club sashes; however, the advisor, Lisa Pacheco, was told that Girl’s League would not be able to receive sashes or cords but could instead receive club pins.

“I’ve been told that the reason why certain clubs cannot receive sashes is because only athletics and clubs that were grandfathered into the set list are able to wear sashes and cords,” Lisa Pacheco said.

Chelsea Grunseth, USB Activities Director, told Pacheco that there was already a set list of certain groups that had previously been able to have sashes and cords for graduation.

The set list was formed by a previous DBHS Activities Director. At that time, the Activities Director and administrators designated the clubs that could obtain graduation embellishments and then closed the list.

Students from different clubs and organizations at Diamond Bar High School that tried to request for cords and sashes were informed that they were not allowed to wear sashes and cords. “I wish that all clubs could get sashes and cords because we have all worked hard in the clubs and deserve recognition for them. It honestly upsets me and other senior members of Key Club that we can’t wear sashes or cords,” Vice President of Key Club, senior Jocelyn Hsu stated.

Organizations not on the list have the choice to request pins. In order to receive pins for this year’s graduation, clubs will have to make a request to Grunseth that includes their criteria and standards for how members earn their pins. Clubs that are not allowed to wear club sashes and cords were told that they are allowed to sign up for club pins toward the end of the year.

Some of the clubs and groups that are enlisted on the list are Brahma Tech Academy, California Scholarship Federation, Class Committee, IB Students, Pathways Academy, Performing Arts Academy, and United Student Body Honor Guard. These groups will be able to wear their cords, medals, or sashes during graduation at the end of the year.

Over the years, some clubs have ordered their own sashes and cords without requesting them from the Activities Director. During the graduation ceremony, these club members would wear their own graduation embellishments without knowing that they are not allowed to. “There is a common misconception that any club was always able to get cords and sashes. It is not that it has been taken away from anybody. It is just that all the groups are already set,” Grunseth stated.