A cel­e­bra­tion of a stu­dent's tri­umph over ad­ver­si­ties

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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. /

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