Monday, May 17, 2010

Graduation - A Rite of Passage

It is that time of year again...Ceremonies with "Pomp and Circumstance", tears and laughter. Graduation certainly marks that transition in life from youthful exuberance to adult temperance. A rite of passage, so to speak, into the real world....Coined by Arnold von Gennep (1873-1957), a French sociologist and folklorist, Rite of Passage includes these three steps:

1. Separation from society
2. Transformation
3. Return to society in the new status

How true to this day...and how cool that the first Baccalaureate Ceremony dates to 1432 at Oxford University, Oxford, England. Students were required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of their advancement and caps were known as hoods, dating to Celtic times when Druid priests wore hooded capes symbolizing superior intelligence over most.!!! The first processional with "Pomp and Circumstance" (composed by Sir Edward Elgar, 1857-1934) occurred in Liverpool, England, 1901, such a very long time ago.

I have participated in a few of these in my life so far...I have smiled, laughed and welled up with tears unexpectedly; a myriad of emotions at once. It is a good thing...It is a lovely time...It is keep calm and carry long...farewell...goodbye...

(This one's for you, Jen; always and forever.)

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