The Magnolia Chain Ceremony is one of the most treasured
traditions at MUW. Although its exact origin is unclear, some form of
the Magnolia Chain Ceremony has been a part of commencement at MUW since
1890. The chain was made of daisies in 1894 and was fashioned from
other flowers in subsequent years.
In 1905, it was decided that the state flower was the most
appropriate choice for the chain. The white magnolia blossoms symbolize
the purity of achievement, and the green leaves represent the growing
experiences of the graduates over the past four years.
Tradition holds that graduates who are able to walk away with a
magnolia blossom or bud after the ceremony will find good fortune and