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Cap and Gowns

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Glen The Graduate ! – Glen is flanked by his mother, Marife Saldana Roa, and his father, Ninoy Roa, in this photo in the church, after the graduation exercises. Canon EOS 40 D Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

In the United States of America, the months of May and June signals the graduation season for high school students. In the Republic of the Philippines, the month of March signals the graduation season for high school students.

While high school students look forward to graduation day in both countries, grade school graduations in the Republic of the Philippines seems to take on an air of more importance than in the United States.

In both countries, high school students look forward to wearing the cap and gown. The traditional mortarboard cap is known as a cap in both countries. In the United States, the graduation robe is usually called a “gown.” In the Philippines, the graduation robe is usually called a “toga.”

In the United States and in the Philippines, graduation is an expensive time for the parents, who pay the bills. In April 2012, the Philippines new media reminded parents to be cost conscious of the expenses surrounding graduation. Even government officials were making statements to suggest to parents to tone down the expenses for the ceremonies. One columnists in a newspaper reminded parents not to seek the services of loan sharks for the money for their children’sgraduation exercises.

It is human nature that parents want the best for their children and traditionally parents go the extra mile to provide for their children. Naturally, common sense and budget should go hand in hand for the graduation season.

The High School Graduation ceremony in any country rates right up there alongside the Wedding.

A Wedding involves two people undergoing a monumental change in life.

A High School Graduation involves the individual undergoing a monumental change in life.

Granted, a person may have a College or University Graduation, but, by the time an individual gets to this point in life, they may already be married or be raising a family.

The High School Graduation or High School Commencement Exercise is the ceremony that should remind the individual that they stand at the brink of their life. From this point on, every decision you make in life will be a responsibility that you will have to live with.

Glen The Gaduate ! Glen Roa is flanked by family members, after his high school graduation. Back Row: Vanissa Saldana, Ranyiel Saldana, Mac Mac Roa, Glen, and Gilbert Roa. Kneeling in front: Ranillo Saldana and Chrismar Roa. Canon EOS 40 D Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

To the people ready to walk down the aisle toward Graduation, check your budgets for those class rings, caps and gowns. (You might still be able to get mom and dad to spring for a few bucks to make the day or the events surrounding graduation memorable.)

To the people, who put their hands out and receive those high school diplomas:

“Congratulations, Graduate!”

My nephew, Glen Roa, graduated in March. Now, he is a student at Eastern Visayas State University.

Sam

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Written by samwarren55

May 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

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