Wabash College alumni start petition to keep tradition of sheep skin diplomas

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INDIANA (WEHT) – Alumni from an Indiana college are asking its leaders to reverse a decision ending one of their traditions.

Wabash College alumni started an online petition asking the Board of Trustees to keep diplomas issued to graduates made out of sheep skin.

College officials decided to end the practice dating back to the mid-19th Century.

Some alumni say college leaders should have talked with students and alumni before making the decision.

“Wabash College is one of two remaining institutions that actually does it this way and one thing about Wabash that sets it apart from other institutions is its traditions, and I can’t think of a greater tradition with the college.”

In a statement, Wabash officials say sheepskins are getting more difficult to obtain and the quality of it has become inconsistent.

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(This story was originally published on Nov. 26, 2019)

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