May 17 is celebrated as National Graduation Tassel Day. It’s a time for graduates to be honored for their academic achievements and for them to start a new journey in life.
On this day, across the country, school auditoriums and sports stadiums will be filled to the brim with family members and friends of graduations to watch and honor their commencement activities.
The symbol of graduation, a mortarboard hat with a dangling tassel displays the colors of the graduates’ institutions.
Tradition has it that the graduate moves the tassel from right to left when their name is called and they receive their anticipated diploma.
This “turning of the tassel” only started in the last 40-50 years.
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How to Celebrate National Graduation Tassel Day
Would you like to celebrate National Graduation Tassel Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.
- Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #nationalgraduationtasselday.
- Honor your graduate in a photo showing their mortarboard and tassel, with diploma in hand.
- Have a graduation party and give out graduation cap candy boxes as a party favor.
- Make cupcakes for a graduation party and use graduation cupcake picks to decorate them.
More national days in May
There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in May. Be sure to check out this post to discover more about the national days in May.
Be sure to also check out these national days this month:
You can also watch our YouTube video to learn about more national days in May.