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basically started this to discuss and share info about uni's with that deviate from the usual graduation ceremonies. i hear at st. andrews the chancellors smacks you on the head with his knickers or something as you kneel before recieving your degree? lol not quite sure. but please discuss!
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Oxford's are quite simply, amazing.


I went to both my brother and my sister in law's graduations (my brother has his second coming up, medical degree - yay!) and I loved every minute of all of them. They're all so traditional and in Latin and etc etc etc....

First of all you have dinner in your college (in mine I was sat next to Alistair Stewart (newsreader) and his family ( hot son, too!)), then you make your way to the Sheldonian Theatre, then sit for about an hour whilst they 'graduate' everyone.

Ahhh, lovely :love:
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(Original post by drmoney89)
basically started this to discuss and share info about uni's with that deviate from the usual graduation ceremonies. i hear at st. andrews the chancellors smacks you on the head with his knickers or something as you kneel before recieving your degree? lol not quite sure. but please discuss!
I think something similar happens at all the older Scottish unis. My sister graduated from Edinburgh and got bopped on the head with John Knox's trousers.

What a way to start your life as a graduate...
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Ha Ha, I'll look forward to some trouser slapping then!
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:eek: the idea of graduation absolutely terrifies me
I want the degree of course, but I don't believe in ceremonies and tradition and jiggery-pokery
I've managed to get out of all formal occasions so far
I'm hoping something inappropriate will break out during the ceremony
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I love ceremonies .. Wish I applied to Glasgow or Edinburgh so I could graduate in a very traditional way
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St Andrews - the entire ceremony was in Latin. We didn't have mortar boards and we had to kneel infront of the vice-chancellor and get hit on the head by a piece of cloth (supposedly made from a doctoral cap). We then got told to "eat super ted" (actually it's et super te - and upon you, which sounds like eat super ted in a Scottish accent) unless you are the first person up for your degree in which case you get the whole speil about conferring this degree upon you all in latin. You then get a hood slung round your neck by the surly janitor and you walk off stage where a curious group of old ladies that you've never seen before straighten you up and give you your degree certificate, then you walk back to your place and wait for two hours. We then had drinks courtesy of the school of chemistry and the grad ball!
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w00t for Scotland!!!
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:eek: the idea of graduation absolutely terrifies me
I want the degree of course, but I don't believe in ceremonies and tradition and jiggery-pokery
I've managed to get out of all formal occasions so far
I'm hoping something inappropriate will break out during the ceremony
I'm the complete opposite. I love pomp. I get a reasonable amount as my uni used to be part of St Andrews and they carry on some of the traditions.

You don't actually have to do the ceremony. In fact, I think most unis charge you for the privilege.
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I think something similar happens at all the older Scottish unis. My sister graduated from Edinburgh and got bopped on the head with John Knox's trousers.

What a way to start your life as a graduate...
with poo stains in ur hair..cant wait , lol.
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oh and out of curiousity..does Prince Phillip attend the ceremony at Edinburgh?
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Hm pompish, pretentious graduation ceremonies sound so cool. I should have applied to St Andrews. The only graduation cermony i've been to was at Grenwich where they just went up to the front their stuff in their weird graduation costumes and snuck off to get their degrees.
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with poo stains in ur hair..cant wait , lol.
Are you implying that one of the great heroes of Scottish history was prone to soiling himself? Disgraceful.

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oh and out of curiousity..does Prince Phillip attend the ceremony at Edinburgh?
Not regularly. In fact, there's not many chancellors that do attend graduation ceremonies. Usually awarded by the VC.
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Can't they jsut do it like USA !
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You don't actually have to do the ceremony. In fact, I think most unis charge you for the privilege.
I think my family'll make a big fuss...:rolleyes:
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Not regularly. In fact, there's not many chancellors that do attend graduation ceremonies. Usually awarded by the VC.
He's not the chancellor at Edinburgh anymore (if he ever was :confused: - I can't honestly remember). It's now an MSP who's a member of the Green Party... as far as I'm aware. He won the position over Boris Johnson (what a nightmare that would have been if he'd won- not that I'm an Edinburgh student, of course :p: )

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(Original post by LibertineNorth)
Are you implying that one of the great heroes of Scottish history was prone to soiling himself?
hehe i'll leave that one to the historians.
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He's not the chancellor at Edinburgh anymore (if he ever was :confused: - I can't honestly remember). It's now an MSP who's a member of the Green Party... as far as I'm aware. He won the position over Boris Johnson (what a nightmare that would have been if he'd won- not that I'm an Edinburgh student, of course :p: )

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ah you're thinking of Mark ballard, he's the new Rector, but Prince Phillip is still Chancellor
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Can't they jsut do it like USA !
What, sober and with cheer leaders and a crap game of pseudo-rugby to keep those with short attention spans interested?

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ah you're thinking of Mark ballard, he's the new Rector, but Prince Phillip is still Chancellor
Indeed. The Chancellor is the head of the university, the Rector is the students' representative in the university court.
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What, sober and with cheer leaders and a crap game of pseudo-rugby to keep those with short attention spans interested?
Yah, so we can celebrate quicker
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