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My University Graduation

Weekly Topic: Memory of Your Graduation Ceremony

Mar 20, 2019

When I was a student, I studied at the University of Edinburgh. I loved every minute of my time there and worked hard to graduate with a Masters degree in Social Anthropology. My graduation ceremony was an amazing day and I was so happy to spend it with my family and best friends.

At the University of Edinburgh, students wear different graduation robes depending on their degree. For example, my degree was a Masters of Arts (MA) so my robes were made of black silk and lined with white silk. My friend who graduated as a veterinarian wore a black robe lined with green silk and white fur.

Another funny detail of an Edinburgh graduation ceremony is that every graduate is tapped on the head with "The Geneva Bonnet". This is an old hat which is believed to be made from the breeches of John Knox (a very important person in Scottish history!)

What did you do on your graduation day? Did you have fun? :)

Vocabulary
Ceremony - a formal and important activity or occasion.
Graduation robes - an outer piece of clothing that is long and loose. Usually worn in a ceremony. Lined with ___ - the inside of a piece of clothing.
Graduate - a person with (or receiving) a university degree or qualification.
Breeches - an old-fashioned kind of trousers with two separate legs.

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