The ‘graduate’ patches being rolled out at different SEC schools this fall are now part of a conference-wide dress code.
Athletes who are still competing in SEC sports after completing their undergraduate degrees are awarded the patch, which replaces the regular SEC patch on their uniforms.
The patches are uniform-color specific for them schools, and were first worn by Arkansas at the beginning of this football season.
“The concept of ‘Scholars, Champions and Leaders’ is a vision for comprehensive success across the SEC and our SEC Graduate patch now recognizes the student-athletes in our league who have achieved the goal of graduation,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a news release from the conference. “This patch appropriately celebrates academic accomplishment in the athletic arena. My congratulations to those student-athletes who have earned this honor.”
According to the news release, the patches will be for each conference sport and will be converted in any contests after the student’s graduation ceremony.