A graduation day celebration is rich in symbolism and custom. From the side of the cap the tassel is positioned on, to the color of the gown the student will be wearing – each aspect of a graduation ceremony incorporates a tradition of respect and pride in those who have accomplished this prestigious goal. In the United States, we love to celebrate the conclusion of educational chapters. From kindergarten to grad school, a lavish ceremony followed by joyful festivities with family and friends is common. Whoever you are celebrating this graduation season, the gift of fresh flowers is a wonderful way to tell them how proud you are of their achievement.
One of the most abiding graduation traditions is that of placing a lei around the neck of the graduate. According to custom, there is a proper way to bestow this gift – the receiver should bow their head, accept the wreath of blooms from the person offering it and end the exchange with a kiss from their loved one. Why this tropical ritual when receiving one’s diploma? Leis are traditionally given to those we hold in esteem and affection when they are leaving a place of significance, or arriving at a new place. Therefore, it is a fitting ritual as students leave one chapter of their lives behind and walk along forward to the next phase.
Another thoughtful way to honor the graduate in your life is to create a custom bouquet using their school colors to commemorate the occasion. Carnations, roses, and lilies are among the many blooms which come in a wide variety of colors, which makes designing a school-spirit-inspired arrangement even easier; and it is a memorable tribute to their recent alma mater.
Here at Bagoy’s Florist & Home, we are so very proud of all our Alaskan graduates, young and old, who will be walking across the stage this season. Allow us the opportunity to showcase our pride alongside yours as we create a floral masterpiece worthy of an award all it’s own.