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Graduation Traditions Around The World That May Surprise You

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 13, 2015 | Categories: Education, Holidays and Observances

Graduation ceremonies are a huge deal in the United States, from Kindergarten (some elementary – 5th grade graduations), middle school, and high school, to college/university graduations, that final day is special.

In the United States, graduation is an important culmination of a student’s educational achievements. Many families opt to create custom graduation announcements like the ones from Shutterfly to send to family and friends of their graduate’s special day.

On thing is for certain, in America, graduations are definitely a photo op day.

You have to have keepsakes of your child’s graduation (no matter their age).

Check out the infographic below to see how some other countries celebrate graduation traditions… I found Argentina’s tradition quite interesting and a bit amusing.

Graduation Traditions Around The World…

This infographic is provided to you by Shutterfly, the leading online provider of photo books, cards and home decor.


46 Responses to Graduation Traditions Around The World That May Surprise You

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    This kind of makes me glad I didn’t graduate in Argentina 😉 This was fun to read.

  2. Jeanette says:

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE what Italy does! That just cracks me up! It’s fun to read all the different countries celebration for graduation!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for sharing this. It was a super interesting read. I love the tradition of everyone wearing sailor hats.

  4. Debra says:

    Wow – Argentina is super messy. I’d hate that. I kinda like that some countries don’t make a big deal about “graduating” until high school & college….

  5. I think it’s so cool that the Philippines do graduation ceremonies for grade school. It’s an accomplishment after all.

  6. john hutchens says:

    I dont think I would want to graduate in Argentina . Great read this morning.

  7. Scarlet says:

    I love fun and interesting customs. You forget how things that seem standard are not. Argentina’s is most surprising!

  8. Pam says:

    Wow, there are a lot of interesting traditions around the world. I bet a lot of people wish they had graduated in Norway.

  9. Stefany says:

    It is so neat to see what other cultures do for celebrating. Thank you for sharing this! So fun.

  10. ‘Coordinated Marching’ That definitely would NOT have worked at any of my schools that’s for sure! LOL

  11. Wow. That’s kind of amazing that the Brits don’t do high school graduations. You learn something new everyday!

  12. Very interesting information. Some traditions would be fun to practice here in the US.

  13. Marcie W. says:

    I always love learning things about other cultures and found this information especially interesting. I think our grads have it pretty good!

  14. Jeanine says:

    Wow. Now this is cool to learn. I had no idea that there were so many different traditions for graduating. How cool.

  15. We lived in Germany for a while so I was used to their method, so it was a shock to come to america and see how many ceremonies they have.

  16. Christie says:

    Oh my goodness I had no idea of some of these traditions! I couldn’t imagine getting food thrown at me

  17. Brett Martin says:

    I love the traditions from Sweden! The fact that they hold embarrassing pictures of the grad is hilarious.

  18. Catherine S says:

    It is neat to see what others do for graduation. Kind of glad I didn’t go to school in Italy.

  19. Valerie says:

    It is interesting that in China women wear rented wedding dresses. This is fun information. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Crystal says:

    Those are all so fun. I’m glad we celebrate graduations at all levels. Any excuse to party!

  21. Penelope says:

    It’d make more sense to wear uniforms rather than the shapeless gowns. I look forward to all of the celebrations.

  22. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    Some of these traditions are crazy. I can not imagine having ketchup thrown at me lol. I took a ton of photos when my kids graduated high school.

  23. Danielle H says:

    Very thankful that I don’t live in Argentina! What a fun read!

  24. I like that we celebrate graduations. It is a great time for family’s to get together and celebrate. Some of these traditions are wild.

  25. Dee Mauser says:

    What an interesting post. Boy I feel sorry for the kids graduating in Italy. LOL

  26. Shauna says:

    I have to say that I am a bit happy that I didn’t have to sing in my graduation. LOL… These are pretty cool… Thanks so much for sharing.

  27. That is crazy how different some of these graduations are! I would hate Argentina’s!

  28. Nancy Lustri says:

    Oh my! I found the graduation traditions very interesting and some are so funny and unique! I have to admit I would not want to graduate in Argentina – yikes! lol

  29. daisy says:

    this is my day thank you for sharing
    some tradition is crazy but interesting
    i love your post

  30. Aubrey says:

    Interesting post. I am glad I don’t live in Argentina.

  31. Aimee Smith says:

    How fun are these facts! I love that graduates get a parade in Sweden! My husband just graduated from dental school, we made a big deal about it.

  32. It’s so interesting to see how different cultures celebrate similar events! I would love to throw food at the grads in my life!

  33. Kristin K says:

    Italy and Argentina are just plain funny and embarrassing!!! Japan’s tradition of having to march is a little dated! And, for Russian woman to don an apron upon graduation is completely degrading! But….each to his/her own! I much prefer Canada, U.S., and Norway traditions!!!

  34. Krista says:

    Love this infographic! I would not like to be pelted with Ketchup 🙂

  35. Kristin says:

    Some of these made me giggle. Thank you for sharing.

  36. These are very interesting facts. So glad I didn’t graduate in Argentina or Italy.

  37. Dogvills says:

    Lol. Some of these are funny. It’s nice to learn about how other countries do it.

  38. daisy says:

    Some of the make me happy
    It is very interesting post

  39. Paula Schuck says:

    These are some crazy traditions. Kids would love to spend the last month of the year having so much fun like in Norway.

  40. lena says:

    This is pretty cool! Growing up in Russia, I am very familiar with white aprons, but I think those are the things of the past (unless they came back in the last 10 years)

  41. Shell says:

    Wow, love hearing about the different celebrations. I think the rented wedding dress idea would be a blast, if a bit over the top.

  42. Mystica says:

    In Sri Lanka the celebration will be only if you graduate from University or end up with a Professional Qualification. But, we do have welcoming ceremonies for Year 1. Year 2 students do plays, dances and personally welcome the Year one littlies.

  43. Kristin K says:

    I would also love to have graduated in Sweden! I love the “Sailor” look! And, to drive around town in the back of a pick up truck, with floats!! That would be fun!!!

  44. Tracey says:

    This was such an interesting read! My favourite was the sailor look in Sweden.

  45. Amber C. says:

    It’s so interesting to see all the different traditions! I LOVE making traditions!

  46. Carol Nine says:

    The Swedish tradition of riding around town on a truck bed or on floats sounds so fun! They should do that in the US.