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Austin University Graduation Traditions

By Kirby Collier, May 17, 2019, 4:00am, Events Blog

When you think of graduation, caps, gowns, and sitting for hours are usually the first things that come to mind. But beyond the bore of ceremonies, local universities have tons of creative ways to celebrate their graduates.

University of Texas at Austin

Foam Sword Friday

To commemorate the end of the year and the beginning of a new life, students gather at Littlefield Quad and (politely) attack one another with foam swords as a way to relieve the stress of finals.

Free Drinks on Sixth Street

You heard that right, ladies. Wear your graduation stole to 6th street on graduation night and get FREE. DRINKS. Enough said.

Blue Door Pics

If you know anything about UT, you know that you haven’t truly graduated without taking confetti pics in front of the beloved “blue doors.” Does anyone really know what's on the other side of the doors? The answer is no. But they’re cute as heck so do we even care?

Pro Tip: be a responsible human being and clean up your confetti!

Austin Community College

Honoring Veterans Ceremony

ACC takes huge pride in honoring their veteran graduates. Each graduating veteran receives a commemorative medallion along with a special acknowledgement for their service. With this being said, take a minute to thank your veterans!

Texas State University

River Jumping

Texas State’s biggest graduation tradition is jumping in the San Marcos River in your cap and gown. This tradition dates back years into the university's history. Rain or shine, cold or hot, slap on some waterproof mascara cause things are about to get wet.

St. Edward’s University

Hilltop Send-Off

St. Eds organizes days worth of celebrations called the Hilltop Send-Off. These traditions allow the graduates celebrate and reflect on their undergrad experience as they blindly walk into the real world. Oh, and as a cherry on top, you get to drink champagne with your professors. Sign me up.

Huston-Tillotson University

Commencement Convocation

The #RamFam at Huston-Tillotson celebrates their new graduates by throwing them a heartfelt ceremony to show their love and appreciation for the students and thier hard work. This convocation takes place along with the Honors Convocation and Reunion Weekend activities. Fun times with the Ram Fam!

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