Adrian College to Celebrate 10th Annual Ribbons of Excellence Day

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the Adrian College campus and surrounding community will convene to celebrate the scholarly and creative activities of its students during the 10th annual Ribbons of Excellence Day. This day celebrates academic achievement through unique presentations and interactive activities prepared by the students and faculty of Adrian College. The program acts as a catalyst for student and faculty interaction, encouraging students to engage in the acquisition of new knowledge. 

In 2007, the academic community at Adrian College adopted the idea for this event from the annual tradition defined by the outgoing senior class. In 1887, the graduating seniors at Adrian College presented a cane in the form of a shepherd’s crook to the officers of the junior class. In keeping with this ritual, the cane has been handed down each year by the graduating class after affixing a ribbon of a different color with that year’s graduates listed.

The committee decided that the Ribbons of Excellence, each represented by a different color like the cane, would be defined as: caring for humanity and the world, learning throughout a lifetime, thinking critically, crossing boundaries and disciplines and developing creativity.

To conceptualize these ribbons even further, an explanation was developed to further define each ribbon. Caring for humanity and the world includes making socially responsible decisions, providing service to local and global communities and interacting positively with persons of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Learning throughout a lifetime consists of continuing to ask important questions, pursuing knowledge in each new age and remaining open to new learning experiences. Thinking critically is developing critical habits of the mind, exploring multiple points of view, raising thoughtful questions and identifying problems and solutions.  Crossing boundaries and disciplines includes developing literacy in multiple fields, personifying the liberal arts experience and making connections across disciplines. Developing creativity is engaging in creative arts, developing creative talents and skills and recognizing and employing figurative expression.

The Ribbons of Excellence Day Conference will be held throughout the day on April 10 throughout various parts of campus, beginning at 8:15 am. The day’s events will conclude at 4:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Please visit for more information.