I mentioned that young J is passing out of her Pre-school to move from Reception into Grade One. Her excellent previous school arranges a graduation ceremony at the end of the school concert. As may be seen, academic dress with mortar boards and the works are laid on. It is all very sweet, and a bit emotional as these rites of passage tend to be.
Am I alone, though, in feeling that such events at school level should not be trying to imitate actual graduation from university? To my mind the ceremony and dress at these earlier milestones in a scholastic career, including leaving High School with a Grade Twelve, should have their own unique features, but should still contain reminders that they are nowhere near the peak of achievement in learning. Do not the use of robes and sashes and mortar boards actually devalue them at university level? I feel that is the case, and that ‘cute’ does not provide enough justification. What do you think?