Tuesday, May 12, 2009

It's A Cultural Thing...


As Reese Witherspoon's character in Sweet
Home Alabama says, "People need a passport to come here!"

We have found many cultural differences between here and home. Truthfully, we didn't think that we would see as many as we have American television as well as books, magazines, etc...

But alas, there are. Starting with the graduation situation (yes, I realize that rhymes in a weird way... and I'm keeping it!). As soon as the notice came out for the pictures Callum and I were laughing our heads off! Pre-schoolers?!?! Cap & Gown?!?

Back home you do not get a gown until high school graduation (grade 12) but there is no cap. When you graduate from University with an undergrad, again, there is a gown but no cap. When you receive your Masters, during the ceremony at the time you receive your 'papers' they put the cap on you for a second and then take it off. I'm almost positive you have a cap for the ceremony when you receive your PhD. These same 'rules' exist for your grad photos.

Now, as funny as we think this is... HOW CUTE IS THIS PHOTO?!?!?

Yes, I am afraid I have turned into one of those parents!! ...and just wait, the ceremony is this coming Monday evening!


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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow - that's SO cute! Here lots of schools do that too, but it's cardboard hats & just for fun. We have cap & gown for grade 12 and all post-secondary degrees.

much more than a mom said...

Oops- that was me...

chelle said...

awww he looks so sweet!~

cristiana5 said...

very cute!

Why didn't you have a cap and gown at St Pat's, we did at CPA. I believe I still have mine somewhere.

Chantal said...

My niece had a cap and gown for her SK grad. It was pink! So cute.

xup said...

More photo ops – isn’t that what being an American really means?

Stella said...

That is just so cute!! But I have to agree, a bit much!

Still...what a GREAT photo!