Eastern Mich. commencement features recycled robes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Eastern Michigan University graduates are going "environmentally" green for commencement.

About 2,000 students will participate in the Dec. 16 ceremony wearing gowns fashioned from recycled plastic bottles. Each gown is made from 23 bottles.

School officials say the fabric feels like soft polyester.

Graduation caps are made from the same plastic-based fabric and recycled cardboard. The gowns and caps can be recycled after the ceremony at the school in Ypsilanti, west of Detroit.

Undergraduate robes and caps will be dark green. Black robes will be worn by students graduating with master's degrees, while doctoral robes will be dark green and black, with dark green velvet panels trimmed in white cord.

Recycled gowns first were used by Eastern Michigan at the school's April 2011 commencement.

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