Sep 16 2010
LOVE this picture – gorgeous traditional sarees among the drab and dark western graduation garb. Even the canary yellow flaps are not helping much.
The saree doesn’t look like a uniform because each one is just a little different and not sure they are a part of the graduating class (probably not). But I am glad that it is coordinated and makes for a remarkable visual.
In fact, I don’t know of any place that has saree graduation uniform, but there should be! I would love to see a classic desi clothing for graduation ceremony. I think one of the traditional old institute should start that.
I am not kidding about this; I think there is something really wrong when a person graduating from a 5000 year old Ashoka University has to wear a western graduation robe and a square graduation hat – with a tassel, to prove that he/she attended the oldest learning institution known to mankind.
A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that “individuality” is the key to success.
I can imagine each major institution having a special graduation uniform designed; something that incorporates the school colors and embodies the tradition of the institution; something that is reflective of the type of education. But this un-desi borrowed tradition of wearing funny hat has to go. Ok, you can replace the funny square hat with another kind of funny hat, but it will belong uniquely to the institution.
We at sareedreams wish the graduating class a bingeing of a bright future.