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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036163

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036163.001.0001

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Getting Out

Getting Out

Graduation

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(p.377) 10 Chapter Getting Out
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Campus Traditions
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Simon J. Bronner

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036163.003.0010

After four long years of intellectual and social journey, the moment that college students have been working, waiting, and suffering for arrives: graduation. Commencement symbolizes death and rebirth as the student enters a new life after symbolically leaving behind the “senior” status of his/her collegiate maturation. The recognition of graduating senior status begins at the end of the junior year, with many campuses holding a special occasion known as Moving-Up Day. The official countdown to graduation typically begins 100 days before commencement. A commencement tradition at several notable institutions is the ritual use of building steps. Another campus tradition is leaving wills and gifts to the college, in line with the spirit of “moving to the great beyond.” The best-known pregraduation tradition for women is “Daisy Chain.” The college degree’s value after graduation often becomes a subject of folk humor.

Keywords:   college students, graduation, commencement, campuses, Moving-Up Day, campus tradition, wills, Daisy Chain, college degree, humor

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