- The Centro Escolar University mesmerized netizens with their graduation tradition
- Graduates participated in the Sampaguita Interlude
- Other graduates also have unique traditions
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Each university has their own traditions to send off their graduates into the real world.
Graduates of the University of the Philippines, for example, wear a sablay instead of the usual toga.
In Abra, Grade 10 students wore a traditional kattukong or tabungaw as their graduation cap. The unique hat is made from gourd, a hard-shelled fruit common in the highland region.
Blaan graduates from Kinam National High School, meanwhile, wore their indigenous attire during their ceremony.
These traditional attires give the students pride, not just for their graduation, but also for their identity.
But aside from unique garments, some universities have one-of-a-kind rituals that set them apart from the rest.
Just like Centro Escolar University with their unique Sampaguita Interlude, where the graduating class forms a human sampaguita as a ritual of turning over their duties and responsibilities to the juniors.
The Manila-based college started the tradition in 1938. According to the official website of CEU, it is usually performed a few days before graduation day.
The seniors perform simple body movements and routines to create flower formations. They also sing the songs Fair Sampaguita, El Collar de Sampaguita, and Sampaguitang Mabango.
The Sampaguita is the national flower. And for CEU, it also symbolizes the ideal Escolarian, described as "modest, like the spotless whiteness of the sampaguita petals; loyal and sincere, like the flower’s lingering sweetness and its fragrance; firm and courageous, like its green stalks and sturdy sepals.”
In the beginning, only female graduates are part of the performance. But as time passed, males were included.
Here's a video of the well-organized human sampaguita.
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