High schools and universities are top areas where people can find and collect lapel pins of various types. In places like these, the chances that you can find a different type of pin for every degree offered or for every class there is in the specific school or university is very high. Examples of popular uses include the following:
1.Class or university elections. Pins are among the common paraphernalia used in the campaigns within high schools and universities. They either bear the logo and name of the political parties or the candidates jockeying for the various positions in the student councils. Some high schools have banned the use of the pins as they are perceived to be expensive. However, these pins remain to be very effective and favored materials to be used in an election campaign in a university setting.
2.Clubs and academic groups. To identify membership and affinity to certain clubs and groups within the university, students oftentimes wear lapel pins. For specially popular clubs such as the cheer leading group or the highly decorated football or basketball teams, the pins are worn with pride and serve as badges of honor. Kids at school wear these pins to look “cool.”
3.Fraternities and sororities. Pins are very popular for members of fraternities and sororities in college campuses. Like the pins that identify affiliation with certain clubs and groups, fraternity and sorority pins are also often worn as badges of honor. The pins serve as a symbol, and provide a sense of belonging as well as a sign of being able to hurdle the obstacle in obtaining membership to the fraternities and sororities. Most of the time, the initiation rites of fraternities and sororities are so challenging that members often feel a sense of extreme entitlement after surviving the ordeal.
4.Campus activism. Campaigns of various kinds are very alive in high schools and universities. There are those who are fighting for the protection of the environment, for combatting climate change, for better quality of education, for more academic freedoms, for rights of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders) community, and many other advocacies that are popular among the youth in a university setting. Most often, campaigns for the many different tendencies and advocacies use lapel pins as one of the campaign materials that they use.
5.Professional identities. Faculty members and university staff also often use lapel pins as part of their uniform, for identification purposes and as a symbol of authority. These pins may include the names, the position, and the department or program where they belong. This helps students identify school authorities and possibly warn them against taking action against certain persons that could only lead to their dismissal or expulsion from the university.
6.School activities. The school fair, sports day, school dance, and other school activities, whether for academic purposes or just for fun within the communities, are events where lapel pins can be very popular. They may be given out as souvenir items, tokens and rewards for the various activities that are held during these celebrations.
7.University pride. Almost all high schools and universities across the country have signature pins that are worn by their students. In inter-school gatherings, students never forget to wear the pins as an accessory to their outfits and uniforms. It does not just mark the individual as to the school that he or she is representing. It is also a symbol of being proud and loyal to one’s academic affiliation. Most often, these pins are still held valuable and used even after graduating from college.