I celebrated today by a marathon of mid-morning cream tea, followed by thrift store shopping and lunch with classmates at Quod. But undergrads often celebrate in a much different way.
I received an email a couple of weeks ago from someone within the University warning me that post-exam food trashing was harmful to the community, wasteful, and potential employers would somehow find out. I thought it a bit strange, but soon found out why it was sent.
I came back to college one day to find students in robes and proper sub fusc who looked quite dirty sitting on the front quad lawn, something we aren't suppose to do. I was told that it's a tradition (of apparently not recent origin) for friends to wait outside 'schools' and through flour, eggs, and spray champagne on the newly-finished student, who then gets sloshed and does something deliberately against the rules, like sitting on the front quad lawns or yelling as they did at last week's formal hall. Apparently, not much can be done because they have finished all technical requirements. Thus the email about employers finding out.
I wonder if the students wouldn't be so belligerent if the dons cared a bit less about being proper. But perhaps this kind of behavior is common at colleges all over the world and I just wouldn't know because my undergrad and law school alma mater, BYU, run by my church, always ranks #1 (among other things, like best library, most athletic, and most attractive co-eds)for most stone-cold sober...
-message by LaUT; typos by 3 mobile-