In School in Germany: Graduation from School in Germany Part I

Confetti, make-up, dance music, competition between seniors and teachers. That is the subject of this blog entry for today is the last day of school for seniors at the Gymnasium, where I’m student-teaching, and we had the chance to say good-bye to them as they threw a party for all pupils and staff members alike. The celebration featured competition in the form of racing, Pictionary, and choosing the right medicine- which is all in connection with the graduating theme: medicine. All pupils were given make-up in red, and many classrooms were converted into areas of medicine (as a little sense of humor to start off the day).  Staff members were given awards for their hard work in assisting the class of 2014, wherever needed. And dance music, using the Top 40 songs of 2013/14 topped off the celebration , as the Class of 2014 received their diplomas and made their exit similar to a Mexican wedding.  Or did they?

Before going into graduation ceremonies in Germany in comparison to the US, I have a few statements for you, and you as the reader have to choose which ones are false. Select and answer in the Comment section of the Files below, or on the Files’ facebook pages.  Reasons and experiences on the part of Americans and Germans are more than welcome. In part II, which will be in a couple months, the answers will be revealed and will take you by surprise.

So without further ado, here we go:

  1. In German schools, there are informal graduation ceremonies similar to the ones mentioned, after the Abitur exam
  2. Germany and the US have formal graduation ceremonies, where graduates receive their diplomas.
  3. There are graduation dances (balls) in the US
  4. There are graduation speeches at both German and American high schools
  5. The Abitur exam in Germany features four topics pupils must prepare and pass.
  6. German graduates can decide between attending the university, university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) or technical university with their diplomas.

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One thought on “In School in Germany: Graduation from School in Germany Part I”

  1. Hi! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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