Commencement is a time of long-held traditions: academic gowns, speeches, diplomas, processions, banners…in short, all the expected pomp and circumstance. University Archives however, is happy to recognize some of the less discussed rituals of commencement at Washington University.
Below are eight less-traditional, more light-hearted traditions at commencement:
1. Getting that perfect photo.
2. Tents on the quad
3. Creative cap & gown additions
4. Inspiring the next generation
5. Uncomfortable shoes
6. Comfortable shoes
7. Overflow crowds
and of course…
8. Spontaneous Joy
All images from University Archives.
Does your family have any special traditions for celebrating graduation? Or do you recognize anyone in these photographs? Please share your comments and add to the discussion of unique campus traditions.