Graduation Songs

by Amanda Flinner

Graduation Day, 2002. I remember the airless high school auditorium. I remember the sea of caps and gowns. I remember moving the tassel from right to left (or is that left to right?). I remember the pomp. I remember the circumstance. I don't remember the class song. That one bit of freedom to stray from tradition is completely wiped from my memory. Maybe we went old school with "School's Out" or got sentimental over "I'll Be There For You." Maybe we secretly hated each other and opted for "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" or loved each other and picked it anyway.

In a bid to jog my memory, let's look at some popular graduation songs. Can you separate the fact from the fiction? (And don't forget to tell us your graduation song!)

More Fact or Fiction

Comments: 2

  • Ian Donaldson from BristolGraduation in thre UK mainly refers to the ceremony of awarding Degree Certificates following university Finals. The concept of "High School Gradusation" is almost unknown in the UK.
    The song I associate with universities is Gaudiamus Igatur - brought to popular notice in the Hollywood film The Student Prince. Singing this song is a German tradition, not a British one.
  • Jim from North Billerica, MaNot sure how some of these songs relate to Graduation, but that is OK, it was fun, although I did have to guess on a few of them. Only one wrong though.

    And Beaver Falls, PA is the birthplace of none Other than "Broadway" Joe Namath
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