A long-awaited season, the time of graduation is near. Laughter, hugs and congratulatory praises frequent the scene as happy crowds fill up schools and institutions. Friends and families carrying bags of gifts take onto the streets, an occasion once again thriving with flower deliveries. Seniors don upon their dark blue gowns, excitement and pride surging as they wait for their anticipating audiences and the ceremony to begin.
Graduation ceremonies have long been observed as a day of giving. Flower bouquet s and gifts taking several forms, from beautiful flower assortments and wrapped vegetable medleys, to small keychain memorabilia and huge fluffy toys, are exchanged throughout the day. Graduation bouquet or physical gift-giving, such gifts, from the start are already known to be the best addition of love and joy in these times of celebratory occasions. They serve to applaud the day of fruitful achievements, and to commemorate the students’ years of hard work and efforts in this chapter of their lives.
We’re only a few days away from the graduation season kicking off. It’s that time of the year when thousands of students will be swinging their caps into the skies and moving on to everything that the future has in store for them. Graduation is an important part of each student’s life. It’s like leaving your old world behind, a world that you were a part for years and a world you’re finally separating from. No matter how nostalgic the feeling is, graduation is a time for celebration and it is a significant milestone not just for the graduates but perhaps more so for their proud parents and friends.
In a sea of black and navy blue, the graduates huddle and nervously adjust their robes. Some are tense, some are excited, but everyone knows that this is a milestone they can be proud of, an event that sets in stone the reward they have put in so much effort for. With their mortarboards on and looking sharp, they are ready to reap the fruits of their painstaking labour.
This the season of the year again where major academic institutions (particularly NUS, NTU, SMU) in Singapore are having their Graduation convocation. Black hats and graduation bouquets tossed in air. Euphoria fills the air. Graduation day is a special celebration. It is the occasion of receiving or conferring an academic degree or the ceremony that is sometimes referred to where students become graduates – the rite of passage to the working world.