Graduation Fun Facts

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!

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