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Introducing UCC’s journey tie 

Starting with last year’s Class of 2022, graduates who have attended the College since senior kindergarten will receive a tie created to mark their educational journey. 
It’s the newest iteration in the evolution of ties celebrating this unique trajectory, and was designed by third-generation graduate Jack Fejér ’22. A young Old Boy who himself completed the UCC journey from SK to graduation and a recipient of the Principal’s Purchase Award — an honour bestowed on artistically gifted students that includes display of their work in the school — Fejér proposed eight tie options. The modern and elegant final design, chosen with input from various UCC community members, is navy blue with white bars: a single bar, followed by three bars to represent the 13 years journey students have attended the College. It also features the iconic crest.

The tie’s creation brings the school’s collection total to nearly 40. A historical tradition that endures, tie offerings for students and alumni denote achievement, belonging and camaraderie. All students receive both a school and house tie when they join the College. 

To have a new tie produced “is a process with many steps along the way,” says Patti Cawker, manager of the Blues Shop that supplies UCC gear. 

Once a particular tie is proposed and approved, Cawker liaises with the vendor to ensure the design will work well within the given dimensions. If it’s deemed suitable, the colours are then matched as closely as possible to the colour palette available to best represent the design. Next comes a virtual sample, followed by a physical prototype, which is the real proof of concept. If it looks as depicted virtually, production ensues, which takes three or four months. 

Says Principal Sam McKinney about the launch of the journey tie, “It’s a meaningful recognition of those who have spent the longest part of their learning journeys at UCC. It also symbolizes an ongoing commitment to curiosity, collaboration and growth as graduates pursue learning beyond our campus and strive to make a positive impact on their world.”
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