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All About the Holidays: Graduation Day

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(male narrator) Graduation Day typically takes place in May or June. This special occasion marks the completion of a level of school. College and high school students receive their diplomas. Diplomas show that a student has successfully completed an important part of his or her education. Students in kindergarten, fifth grade, and eighth grade also might have a day to honor their progression to the next level of school. Some kids have graduation ceremonies, while others have a move-up day, where kids visit with the students and teachers of their next school. At graduation, a student might wear a cap and gown to receive a diploma, while teachers, parents, and friends cheer. It's a special accomplishment. The tradition of wearing a cap and gown comes from medieval England. Students wore long robes and hoods to stay warm in cold stone buildings. The cap and gown came to symbolize going to school, and they're worn at graduation to honor the importance of learning. After every diploma is handed out, students march out to the famous song called "Pomp and Circumstance." In 1905, the song's composer, Sir Edward Elgar, received a degree from Yale University. They played his song, and it has been used in almost all graduations ever since. What excites you about Graduation Day?

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Whether it's from college, high school, or kindergarten, graduation is an important milestone in a student's education. Learn more about the "pomp and circumstance" around this big day. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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