Schools and universities across the country are grappling with the idea of opening up the doors to students come fall, but early reports indicate some problematic obstacles, causing many to postpone in-person classes and remain remote.
Despite it being the end of July, graduation season is still going strong and will be straight through the rest of 2020 due to COVID19 derailing spring plans (is 2020 over yet?!). Traditions are pretty much out the window for the Class of 2020, but that doesn’t mean certain aspects of the ceremony need to change, like the music!
The weekend of Father’s Day in June is traditionally a popular time for high school graduation ceremonies nationwide. It’s only fitting that the two be lumped together as a way to honor both the graduate and one of the role models who played a part in guiding him/her to the finish line.
It’s finally your shining moment: Graduation day! All of your years of hard work have led to this. You’ve dreamt about it for years -- the moment they call out your name and you walk across the stage to receive your diploma amid a crowd of cheers. You’ve picked an outfit for photos and start to get ready for commencement -- you look great! But, one thing stands out -- the square hat with a tassel hanging from it, and you wonder, “who came up with THIS idea?!”
We’ve all heard it, the song that’s synonymous with commencement ceremonies. You’re probably singing it in your head right now. "Pomp and Circumstance," better known as “the graduation song” has been heard at the start of graduation ceremonies for decades -- but how did it come to be?
With the threat of Coronavirus still a reality, high schools and universities around the country have made quick and creative changes to commencement ceremonies so seniors can celebrate their much-deserved accomplishments. June marks one of the busiest months for graduations, so we’re taking a look at The Class of 2020: As Seen in Pictures. Click the images for full stories.
The honor society, Kappa Mu Epsilon, was founded in 1931 by Dr. Emily Kathryn Wyant for the sole purpose of promoting mathematics excellence for undergraduate students and to “develop an appreciation for the beauty in mathematics.”
Founded in 1949 at Michigan State University, Sigma Lambda Chi “offers students the opportunity to be recognized locally and internationally for their academic accomplishments as a construction major.”
Founded in 1904 by five cadet officers at The University of Wisconsin, The National Society of Scabbard and Blade is an organization dedicated to the United States military officers through a variety of programs. Their mission is “...dedicated to developing aspiring and current military officers that emulate the Five Star qualities while fostering strong joint-service relationships.” Their organization’s vision is that their members will "redefine the standard of excellence for all military members."
It’s a new year, which means an entirely new class of graduates are getting set to walk across the stage this coming spring, finally getting a chance to turn their tassels from right to left and celebrate their accomplishments in front of family, friends, and classmates. Even better? Many schools have plans for in-person graduation ceremonies, some of which are the first to happen since 2019!
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