Tag Archives: graduation


MAIN PIECE:  Informant: So Russefeiring is a celebration of graduates from high school… I guess high school, sort of… The age is kind of in between high school and college I think, ‘cause most of them are 18 or 19. Um, but, you know, they’re ending a three-year academic education. And so they celebrate in… Continue Reading »

Main Piece: The Bonnie Banks o’Loch Lomand

The Bonnie Banks o’Loch Lomand By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond Where me and my true love will ne-er meet again  On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond. Chorus: O you’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road And I’ll… Continue Reading »

Harvard Graduation Tradition

Main Piece: I: Before you graduate, you’re supposed to like streak through some part of the Yard, have sex in the library– the library sex– and pee on the Harvard statue’s foot. And then I heard there’s a fourth where you’re supposed to jump in the river, but like I don’t know… Me: What’s the… Continue Reading »

Classical diplomas

BACKGROUND: My informant, AC, was born in the US and attended boarding school in NH. As we were talking about our different high school customs, AC brought up our school’s initiation ceremony for everyone who took a classical language at the school. CONTEXT: This piece is from a conversation with my friend where we talked… Continue Reading »

Gray Thursday and Black Friday

Main Piece: Within the private schools in the greater Memphis, Tennessee area the informant explained to me there is a tradition of Black Friday and Gray Thursday. This description is the informant’s personal experience with Black Friday.  Black Friday was the day before the seniors were going to graduate. Before Black Friday the informant said… Continue Reading »