During our long weekend in Bologna we ran into groups of students celebrating their graduation with family and friends, sometimes just standing around in the streets or drinking an Aperitivo in one of the many bars or ristorantes. Small groups, bigger groups, some taking it dead serious, others less. They wear a laurel wreath so you immediately know who’s the star of the day. Pretty neat atmosphere. I feel lucky when I run into these things showing a life style or a traditionunfamiliar to me.
About Laurea, from Wiki: […] In Italy, the Iaurea is the main post-secondary academic degree. The name originally referred literally to the laurel wreath, since ancient times a sign of honor and now often worn by Italian students right after their official graduation ceremony and sometimes during the graduation party. A graduate is known as a laureato, literally "crowned with laurel." […]
That's what I call an interesting and somehow heartwarming reportage! Wonderful to see all these happy young people who made a dream come true - their dream! It's great how they share their joy with friends and family. Especially today one must think of their chance to find a job. An academic title today isn't a guarantee at all ...
Greetings from cold Westphalia - with many snow showers!
A special event that should be recorded and no fear to take these young people wandering in the streets, proud of their achievement. I particularly like the one with the cross, not sure it"s appreciated in Italy!
What a fun series. I think my favorite is #2 with the fellow laughing with his bud and wearing his laurel jauntily. Then #'s 8 & 9 as both face the camera well. #8 is funny because the fellow looks so uncomfortable with his awkward 'hat' while # 9 seems to be some kind of crucifixion tableau , anyway the crimson shawls add a lot of contrast. Your main is next with the, 'I'm so beautiful,' pose. The man's look of amused tolerance really makes the image. Of course in Hawaii it's all about leis for the graduates but leis are for any special occasion. GLF, Pat