17 October 2019

The big business of school graduation ceremonies

The red arrow shows the place to order just the cap, gown, and tassel.

Image amended from the original.


  1. The graduation fee was something like $110 for my college graduation 20+ years ago. The university alumni program calls every year now asking their alumni for donations. The young kid making the call gets rather quiet when I say the university can have a donation as soon as they refund that graduation fee. Seriously, that last gouge at my pocket book has cost them a lifetime of donations from this alum.

  2. I went to pick up my cap and gown at my school's bookstore with several friends getting our social work degrees. I clearly remember one of them saying to the cashier "you mean we don't have to pay for these?" The cashier didn't miss a beat. He looked at her and said "oh, you've paid for them..."

    I'll definitely be working off that cap and gown for the next ten years at the minimum, and I don't even plan to wear it again.


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