Sunday, 15 June 2014

Swedish Graduation Ceremony

Nic Taylor June 15th 2014

While visiting my wife’s family in a small town called Nödinge near Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden I was lucky enough to attend her cousin’s high school graduation ceremony at the opera house.

Graduating from high school is a huge thing in Sweden. For each student the day starts with a champagne breakfast at 6.30am followed by a meet up with the teachers and all the other classes at school. From here they have food with the teachers, give speeches and sing songs. After, they make their way to the boats which tour Göteborg’s river ending up at the opera house in front of thousands of family members and friends. While here they dance in front of the opera house and then board floats (trucks) which also then tour the main streets of Göteborg playing music and spraying champagne. After all of this, it’s traditional for each student to have a party with family members.

For a bystander taking photos it was an amazing event with electric atmosphere at the opera house. I can only imagine what it must be like to be a student graduating with such fantastic traditions.

Check out some of my photos from that day and leave a comment below :)

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