Graduation!

Celebrate Graduation!  Graduation day brings a roller coaster of emotions for grads and their families alike. Of course, it’s a time of celebration and achievement. There is reflection on past successes and trials as well as hope for the future.

We are all excited about the completion of a level of education, training or employment. In addition, with the situation in the world today with lock downs and schools closed, Moms and Dads are taking on new roles as educators and graduating very quickly into teachers.

Celebrate!

Graduation! Let’s celebrate all our graduating seniors. Of course, this year our graduates are not going to enjoy the pomp and circumstance celebration they have been looking forward to, due to the lock-down around the country. Coupled with celebrating all our graduates, let’s celebrate all the parents graduating now to be in the school teacher role.

Child's explanation of home school

Ben’s mom, Candice Hunter Kennedy, wasn’t entirely upset by her son’s remarks. She herself shared a photograph of the journal entry to Facebook. “Y’all I’m dying!!!” she wrote on Facebook last week, adding that she was particularly amused by “that last sentence.” Thousands of Facebook users agreed with Kennedy in the comments, telling her they found it “so funny,” and assuring her she wasn’t the only parent struggling with homeschooling her kids.

“We are 39 minutes into [non-traditional instruction],” she wrote in a Facebook post on March 16. “Papers are everywhere. Kids are panicking. I am stress-eating while trying to keep it together so the kids can’t see my own panic. Teachers need triple raises ASAP!!” 

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“Graduations” for elementary school and kindergartens, and even for passing from one school year to the next, have been a development of recent years. Indeed, we’ve all been to enough graduations to know that they’re pretty much all the same. Ceremonies are usually filled with caps and gowns, photos, applause, and speeches.

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Another view of the Purpose of Life Shirt

HOOP ROLLING

This all-women’s college tradition, whose purpose was to allow students to essentially leave all their worries behind and just partake in some fun and games outdoors. Back in the day, it was said that the winner of the hoop rolling race was the first to be married. In addition, in the 1980s that was updated to say she would the first to be CEO. Nowadays, she’s the first to achieve her own happiness. That is, after being thrown into Lake Waban by all her classmates.

DIPLOMA CIRCLE

Started back in 1911, it was originally referred to as the “Great Ring” and then the “Magic Circle.” Basically, the graduates won’t receive their diplomas when they walk the stage. Instead, the diplomas are passed around until everyone receives their own. Sounds like a lot of fun!

WATCH DROPPING

Williams College began this tradition back in 1913. Drop a watch from an 80-foot spire, and if the watch breaks, the class will be considered “lucky.” Think it’s for real? Only time will tell.

FABRIC AND GREEN GRAD RECYCLING

Love this tradition. UNH’s vendor provides wrinkle-resistant caps and gowns made of recycled plastic bottles. Given the opportunity to donate their gowns to be cleaned and reused, or graduates are still able to keep their caps and tassels as keepsakes, all while helping to save the environment.

FOAM AND SWORD FRIDAY

Get ready for battle. Unleashing unexpended energy at the end of the semester, students gather on both sides of the campus’ main street with (school approved) foam sabers. At the signal, they charge at each other with their fierce, foam-filled weapons, only to quietly disperse moments later. For those passing by, this random scene is entertaining to say the least.

Honor to our graduates, whether grade school, high school, or college, as well as all the parents who have become teachers!

Gail Bremner

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With the situation in the world today with lock downs and schools closed, Moms and Dads are taking on new roles as educators and graduating very quickly into teachers

How About Traditions?

GRADUATION CAP AND GOWN

Iconic graduation tradition is the cap and gown which are inseparably tied to the event. The idea of academic robes first came about in the 12th and 13th centuries. In fact back then, most scholars were a part of the church, which may be why academic clothing closely resembled clerical outfits at the time. Many historians believe the long robes served a functional purpose. The academic buildings were generally unheated. So the long robes with hoods may have kept the scholars warm during their studies. Not to mention, Oxford and Cambridge were the first recorded schools to standardize the long gowns to represent unity during graduation.

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE

Second only to the cap and gown, Pomp and Circumstance is one of the most well-known graduation traditions. Although it is played at graduations across the United States, the song is actually British in origin. The song was written by British composer Edward Elgar for the coronation of King Edward VII. It wasn’t until four years later, when Elgar received an honorary doctorate at Yale, that it was first played at an American graduation.

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Oh my! Arts CURIOUS AND SENSIBLE

TORCHLIGHT

Walking the torchlight walk is One of Colgate University’s oldest graduation traditions. The entire senior class participates. At the end, students throw their torch in the fire pit and then enjoy some pizza and fun.

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!” –Andy McIntyre