The high school graduation ceremony in many ways is considered a rite of passage. It commemorates making it through the early, grueling years of homework and science projects, and marks the beginning of a new educational adventure. Parents pony up funds to pay for the cap and gown, and some students even get to attend a senior class trip. These are just a few of the ways that students in the US and all over the world celebrate this important milestone in life.
Some countries conduct their graduation ceremonies quite differently than in the US. Japanese students don’t wear cap and gowns to their commemorations. Instead, they sport the usual school uniforms and participate in a uniformed march around the facility. Also, their graduation programs usually are held in March, as opposed to the late May/ June ceremonies that are held in the United States.
How would you like to be covered in syrup and ketchup on graduation day? That’s exactly what happens in Argentina. Their quirky graduation tradition includes dousing the graduate in sticky foods to celebrate their accomplishments. US students will more than likely NOT adopt this tradition any time soon, but it would be fun to watch this take place.
If you’re not into celebrations of any kind, then you’ll appreciate the way that Germans celebrate (or not celebrate) graduation. They don’t hold any special ceremonies for students. Completing high school in Germany is business as usual. Students are also required to take a final exam before they are are considered an official high school graduate.
Party animals would love to attend school in Norway. Their high school graduation festivities usually last for a month or so, and includes competitive activities as well as some intense partying.
Commencement ceremonies all over the world mark the end of one educational chapter, and the beginning of another. Learning how other cultures celebrate this rite of passage could give you a few ideas on how to add some spice into your next ceremony. Or if you don’t celebrate at all (like the Germans), you’ll be happy to know that you’re not alone.