Congratulation Graduates from your friends at @ProFireworks!
For many of you, this week contains the day you’ve long been awaiting—your graduation. Graduation means saying good-bye to parents and old friends and hitting the road to a life of freedom, sleeping in, and higher education. For our college-aged young adults, graduation signifies a step into the “real” world, where you’ll get your first full-time job and discover the joys of a 401k and, well, payment plans on your college debt.
To all of you, congratulations! But your learning isn’t over just yet. If you don’t memorize this list of facts about graduation, they won’t hand you your diploma. Maybe we’re bluffing, but do you want to take that chance?
- The word “alumnus” is Latin and means “a pupil” and, literally, a “foster son.”
- The graduation cap was initially a “hood” and is believed to date back to the Celtic time when Druid priests wore capes and hoods to symbolize their intelligence.
- Cecil Smith of Westlake, California, is the oldest known recipient of a General Educational Development (GED) degree. He dropped out of school in the 1920s and earned his degree some 80 years later at age 94.
- Michael Kearney of Mobile, Alabama is the youngest known high school and college graduate. He finished a home-school high school program at age 6 and at 10 earned a bachelor’s degree.
- Weird Al Yankovic was the valedictorian at his high school graduation.
- So was Cindy Crawford.
- James Franco was invited to speak at UCLA’s commencement ceremony in 2009 (he was a 2008 graduate), but the offer was rescinded because of his general lack of solemnity.
- The term bachelor in “bachelor’s degree” most likely is from the Medieval Latin term baccalaureate, a play on the Latin words “bacca lauri”—laurel berries.
- In the United States, there is little difference between the terms “college” and “university.” However, the term “college” in other countries, such as Canada, refers to a junior college or trade college, where as a “university” is larger, more research focused, and usually contains multiple colleges.
- Approximately 2.94 million U.S. students graduate from more than 27,000 high schools each year, meaning each college applicant is competing against 27,000 valedictorians, 27,000 salutatorians, 27,000 student government presidents, and 27,000 editors-in-chief.
We want to help you celebrate your achievements! Come on in to @ProFireworks to get your fireworks fill to celebrate your party!