It is that time of year again – Graduation Season. Between May and June, almost everyone knows someone who is either graduating or has a child graduating from Preschool, Kindergarten, Middle School, High School or College.
To celebrate Graduation Season, here are a few fun facts that you may or may not have known:
- A graduation ceremony is a cultural tradition termed as a rite of passage.
- Commencement is when graduates are handed their diplomas and walk across the stage and flip the tassels on their hats to the opposite side.
- The valedictorian always gives a speech with a hopeful insight for the future.
- The first class ring was developed in 1835 for West Point US Academy.
- Original diplomas were made of sheepskin, handwritten, rolled and tied with a ribbon until 100 years ago.
- “Pomp and Circumstance” was composed by Sir Edward Elgar and first performed on October 19, 1901, in Liverpool, England.
- For over 40 years graduation gown color was gray. Gowns didn’t change to the school colors until the 50s.
- The tradition of cap-tossing originated in 1912 at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Graduation.
From our agency family to you, congratulations to everyone that graduated/graduates this year!