A celebration of a student's triumph over adversities
Graduation Day is a time to celebrate with all your friends, teachers and parents who have helped you in all the initial years of your student life and made learning fun. Yes, it is that wonderful day when the early years of your academic life culminate into an all-important degree. But are you aware how Graduation Day originated and why this occassion means so much in our lives?
Graduation Day is, in simple words, the day of graduating or receiving an academic degree upon com p l e t i o n o f o n e ' s studies.
The graduation process i s completed with an elaborate ceremony, an activity that is believed to have originated from a statute issued in 1432 at Oxford University.
The graduation ceremony is an orchestrated process involving a march of students onto the stage, the reading of speeches, the giving of diplomas, and of course - the commencement exer- cise, the official moment when the students are declared graduated. It is one of the most important moments in a student's life as it marks a transition from one stage in his/her educational life to another. Hence, the graduation ceremony is attended by parents, friends and wellwishers of a person. The major part of the ceremony is taken up by the distribution of degrees to the students who march up the stage as their name and major is announced. It is a moment of pride for a student as well as the parents who look on with a sense of achievement as an academic degree is conferred on their child.
One of the highlights of this event is the Valedictory speech, an oral address made by the ' Valedictorian' or the top graduate of the graduating class. The Valedictorian usually receives a standing ovation as a recognition of his/her outstanding efforts and success in academic life.
The ceremony ends with all graduates throwing their hats known as mortarboards (an academic cap with a flat square with a tassel on top) into the air as a sign of rejoicing over their new status. This is followed by students attending Graduation parties and exchanging graduation gifts. /