Friday, June 15, 2012

Glad Grads

Hey everyone! As schools across the country end and summer break begins, seniors (12th grade) graduate high school through a special ceremony called graduation. On this day, students receive their academic degree and become graduates. There is a procession of students in their academic dress (long robes and caps) and speeches by students and advisors. Then each student is called up one by one to receive their diploma.
One of the most important part of graduation is the cap and gowns. This is the attire each student wears. The more clubs and activities the student is involved in, the more tassels they can get to wear with their robe on graduation day. The top five percent of the class gets a big medal to wear as well. At my school, since the school colors are brown and gold, everyone wears brown robes except for the International Baccalaureate students who, due to their heavy work load, get rewarded with wearing a gold robe.
At the end of graduation, everyone takes pictures with their friends and family. Families normally reward their grads with flowers, balloons, and gifts! Then straight after, everyone goes to Grad Night! This is a celebration the school and PTA (Parent Teacher Association) puts on for the students. Its a huge party and celebration at the school that lasts all night until 5AM. The main reason for this is to ensure that all the students will have a safe graduation, before and after. It has evolved into one of the most anticipated events all year! The theme this year was: Life's a Game, Play It! There are rides, raffles with huge prizes, hypnotists, a photo booth, and more! But only seniors can see it, making the graduation process truly special.

Do you wear caps and gowns at your graduation? Do you have a Grad Night? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

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