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A graduation ceremony is NEVER called:
Graduation is a rite of passage often called a commencement ceremony or convocation because the students are completing their education at an academic institution. A coronation is for crowning royalty.
What is the name of the song traditionally played during the commencement processional?
The traditional processional for graduation is called “Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches” and is specifically March No. 1 in D. The march was originally orchestrated by Sir Edward Elgar.
What is the name of the document students are given at graduation?
A diploma is a document given by an education institution that marks the degree a student has earned during their course of study.
When you graduate from high school you receive a high school diploma, but what is a GED?
There are five subject tests that students may take to receive a GED, which is the equivalent of a high school diploma. If one passes the GED tests, he/she will receive a GED credential, which guarantees a student’s high school academic level.
What is a 4-year degree from a college or university called?
A Baccalaureate is earned after the completion of a course of study at an institute of higher education.
Where was the first Baccalaureate ceremony held?
The first Baccalaureate ceremony was held in 1432 at Oxford University, where each student gave a sermon in Latin in order to graduate.
Why do graduating students wear gowns?
The gowns were once fashionable and became associated with academia. According to Columbia College, the style of gown worn for graduation was originally popular during the 13th century in Europe. Back then it was called the houpland. At this time, universities spread and the fashion stuck to represent academia.
What were graduation gowns originally called?
The houpland, or graduation gown, was a popular fashion in the 13th century.
Which of these names is NOT for a type of graduation cap?
The two types of graduation caps are called mortarboard and tam. Mortarboards are traditionally worn for high school and Baccalaureate graduation ceremonies. A tam is worn for Master’s or Doctoral degrees. A hood is the draping fabric worn around the neck of a faculty member.
The side of the cap on which a graduation tassel hangs is significant.
Depending on the academic institution, having the tassel hang on the right or left, and then moving it the the opposite side signifies graduation.
Which traditional graduation speaker means, “to say farewell” in Latin?
The term valedictorian originates from the phrase vale dicere, meaning “to say farewell.” Historically, the valedictorian, or highest ranking student gives the final speech at graduation. Typically the valedictorian is the student with the highest grade point average and/or meets specific criteria determined by the school.
Where did tossing graduation caps in the air begin?
The Navy. Some say the tradition of throwing caps in the air began in 1912 when a class of students and the U.S. Naval Academy threw their midshipman’s hats in the air, since they’d get to wear officer’s hats instead of the old caps.
Which of these goals require more than a high school diploma?
In order to apply for law school, medical school or any other type of secondary, post graduate program, a student must first earn a Bachelor’s degree.
The classic gift any grad is happy to get. In the form of cash, checks, gift cards and even savings bonds, this gift is both practical and fun. Photo Credit: Bigstock Images
Road trip? Backpacking in Europe? The options are endless when it comes to travel. Though this may not be a gift you can give to a friend, planning a trip together is a good way to make some memories over the summer. Photo Credit: Bigstock Images
Writing by hand might seem pretty old-school, but a good pen is important for taking quick notes. Photo Credit: Bigstock Images
Preserve the memories of your favorite grad with a scrapbook. You can head to the craft store and make it yourself, or create a digital one online.Photo Credit: Bigstock Images
A new set of luggage or even a new suitcase is the perfect present for someone who's planning a post-grad trip or packing up to head to college. If you're on a budget, personalized luggage tags are a good alternative.Photo Credit: Bigstock Images
Know a graduate going to college? Every new student who plans on living in the dorms will need all of the following items: Towels, Extra Long Sheets, Laundry Basket, Shower Caddy, Shower Shoes, One Set of Silverware, Plate, Bowl, Mug, Mini Fridge. Put together what you can for the ideal dorm room survival kit. Photo Credit: Bigstock Images
Have you ever seen a customized Rubik's cube? Or a personalized mug? Make your gift stand out from the crowd with a personalized item. You can also customize a puzzle with their face or make them a special yearbook. Get creative! Photo Credit: Bigstock Images
Though this is a pricey gift you won't be giving to a friend, it's a practical gift for a grad heading to college. It'll be a great asset, but don't forget to buy a computer lock for the dorms!Photo Credit: Bigstock Images