The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society wants to make graduation greener. In an attempt to be much more sustainable, the society is asking students to donate their caps and gowns right after the Commencement Ceremony on May 10th at the Convention Center.
Five million American students walk across a stage each year wearing a cap and gown. This is the only time they wear the graduation attire — for the Commencement Ceremony. This means that almost all caps and gowns end up in landfills and they are not biodegradable. It is estimated that there are 80 – 100 million caps and gowns in landfills across the US — that’s the equivalent of 25,000 garbage trucks.
The Honor Society collects the caps and gowns, cleans and sanitizes them, and rents them out to students the following year. This keeps them out of our landfills and saves students money by renting the attire.