Graduation is the action of receiving or conferring an academic degree or the associated ceremony, where students become Graduates. Source:Wikipedia
In my time, you only graduate when you finish your university. And I only graduated after slogging, (ok, maybe I didnt study as hard as I could or should have) for some 15 years before I got my degree and graduated.
However, nowadays, there are graduation ceremonies for kindergarteners, primary school children, etc. I remember some 6 years ago when my oldest "graduated" from kindergarten. The graduation ceremony was a concert plus prize giving, and my daughter was one of the hosts for the night. I was so proud of her and there were tears in my eyes, as I proudly saw my daughter grow up, and "graduate" from Kindergarten. My precious little one (then) could speak and carry herself so well. It was indeed a proud moment for me.
Last friday saw husband and I at our daughter's school again. This time, she is leaving primary school, having completed 6 years of it. Tho' we knew she was not a prize winner and was not going to be called up on stage to receive anything, we chose to be at the event with her to celebrate the end of her primary school journey, to acknowledge the hard work she put through, and to thank the teachers for their efforts in helping us mold her into an educated and useful citizen.
A surprise was in store for us, as we were not expecting any spotlight on her. Imagine to our surprise, the principal, when she was giving a speech, decided to call on my daughter to identify herself. She then shared with everyone what my daughter wrote about her primary school experience. As I wasnt prepared, I did not manage to video tape that portion of the ceremony (we were told that professionals were hired to record the event). It was a touching, but well written piece my daughter had done as part of their post exam activities, and the principal felt that her written piece probably summarised what every student felt and wanted to say!! I must say, that again brought a tear to my eye.(Why am I so emo??) We were so proud of her! My daughter, who hates attention, wasnt so pleased about that tho'. But that will definitely add to my memories of her primary school education, if not hers!
And with that, my oldest has "graduated" from primary school.
(Results day is Thursday next week. Wish her luck!!)