National Graduation Day

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Hey there, future graduate! Congrats on making it this far! It's time to put on that cap and gown and celebrate National Graduation Day. Let's dive into the history and fun facts of this special day.

When is Graduation Day?

It's national graduation day on the 17th May.

The Internet History of National Graduation Day

Did you know that the internet played a major role in spreading awareness about National Graduation Day? It all started in 2010 when a group of enthusiastic graduates decided to create a day dedicated to honoring and celebrating academic achievements.

They created a website to promote their cause, sharing stories, tips, and inspirational messages for fellow graduates. The site gained popularity, attracting graduates from all over the country who wanted to join in the festivities.

As social media became more prevalent, National Graduation Day started trending online. Graduates began sharing their graduation photos, memories, and advice using the hashtag #NationalGraduationDay. It quickly became a viral sensation, with friends, family, and even celebrities joining in to congratulate and support the graduates.

How to Celebrate National Graduation Day

Celebrating National Graduation Day is all about recognizing the hard work and dedication that goes into earning a diploma. Here are a few suggestions for celebrating this special day:

  • Host a virtual graduation party: Gather your loved ones over a video call and celebrate your achievements together.
  • Indulge in some graduation-themed treats: Bake graduation cap cupcakes or make diploma-shaped cookies to enjoy.
  • Reflect on the memories: Take some time to reminisce about your favorite moments from your academic journey.

A Fun Fact About Graduation

Did you know that throwing your graduation cap in the air is a tradition that dates back to the early 20th century? It symbolizes the joy and excitement of completing your education and embarking on a new chapter in life.

History behind the term 'Graduation'

12th century

Origins of the Term

The term 'graduation' finds its origins in the Latin word 'gradus,' which means step or degree. During the 12th century, universities in Europe started using the word 'gradus' to refer to the steps or degrees of education that a student would progress through.

14th century

First Recorded Use

The first recorded use of the term 'graduation' in English dates back to the 14th century. It was used to describe the awarding of degrees or the act of conferring academic honors upon students who completed their studies at a university.

16th century

Symbolic Gesture

During the 16th century, graduation ceremonies began to incorporate symbolic gestures to signify the completion of education. The use of academic gowns and caps, known as academic regalia, became prevalent. This tradition continues to this day and varies across different countries and institutions.

17th century

Mortarboard Cap

The iconic 'mortarboard' cap, which is commonly associated with graduation ceremonies, made its appearance during the 17th century. The cap received its name due to its resemblance to the flat board used by masons, known as a 'mortarboard'. It became a symbol of academic achievement and is still worn by graduates worldwide.

19th century

Pomp and Circumstance

In the 19th century, graduation ceremonies began to adopt more elaborate and formal processes. The tradition of processional music, specifically Sir Edward Elgar's composition 'Pomp and Circumstance,' gained popularity. This iconic march is now synonymous with graduation ceremonies and is often played during the entrance of graduates.

20th century

Graduation Caps Toss

During the early 20th century, the tradition of throwing graduation caps into the air at the end of the ceremony emerged. This joyous act symbolizes the completion of one's education and the transition into the next phase of life. It has become a cherished tradition for graduates and spectators alike.

Did you know?

Did you know that throwing your graduation cap in the air is a tradition that dates back to the early 20th century?


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First identified

5th June 2015

Most mentioned on

17th May 2020

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