Graduation Traditions Around the World
While hearing “Pomp & Circumstance1” is traditional for graduation ceremonies in the U.S, that’s often not the case in other countries. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting high school and university graduation traditions around the world.
Celebrations for high school level graduation include singing by the graduating students and coordinated marching.
The ceremony usually lasts about an hour and takes place during the week; younger students continue with school the very next day.
Students wear their school uniforms rather than caps and gowns.
Ceremonies usually take place in March, just before the beginning of a new school year.
At many high schools, as graduates exit the stage, they are adorned with a lei.
Ceremonies usually take place in March or April.
Graduation ceremonies are common for lower educational levels, including elementary school.
Standard attire, according to recent trends, includes graduation gowns and mortarboards2. Students are encouraged to wear only their school uniforms under their gowns.
High school students wearing seacaptain-style hats meet at school. They begin singing and chanting as they make their way out of the school as a group.
Outside of the school, their families are gathered, holding signs for each student, often with gigantic, embarrassing childhood pictures of the graduates. Family and friends present the graduates with small gifts tied to ribbon and place the ribbons around the graduates’ necks.
The graduates then pile into pickup truck beds and parade floats, driving around town, waving and celebrating the day with the community.
New grads in Argentina are pelted3 with ketchup, syrup and other sticky foods – basically anything that can be thrown at them.
Elaborate ceremonies are unusual at any level, and high-school-level students are required to take a final exam, Abitur4, which is increasingly needed not only for university admission but for apprenticeships.
College graduates in China are subject to few established traditions, and today’s graduates are mostly allowed to celebrate as they wish.
In recent years, that’s included female grads eschewing5 graduation gowns and caps and opting for rented wedding dresses.
Parents typically don’t attend graduation ceremonies, so the day is more about celebrating with classmates.
Norwegian high school students spend roughly the last month of their last school year partying with their friends. The russefeiring6 sees students don colored overalls and hop on buses or vans with their friends. It’s not just a month of drinking, as groups of students compete against each other for such superlatives as “best sound system” and “bus of the year.”
2. mortarboard 学位帽。
3. pelt 向……投掷。
5. eschew 避开，避免。