The Definition of Common Graduation Terminologies and Other Related Matters
Graduation time is on again in the Philippines and in other countries. It the west, they usually held their graduation ceremonies in the month of July because their summer starts on this month and ends in September. We often hear different terms during graduation time but many actually don’t know the meaning or origin of such words. There are also several other related terms such as toga, title of the graduation march and several other things that they are aware of.
What is the title of the song they play during graduation ceremonies? Many are not aware of the real title of this classical music. The usual or common title they know is “Graduation March”. This great piece of classical music is actually entitled “Grand March” from the opera “Aida”. It was composed by the world renowned Giuseppe Verdi.
2. Alma mater
Alma mater is a Latin phrase which literally means “nourishing mother”. Alma mater is the educational institution at which one has studied and graduated. Alma mater may also refer to a hymn or song associated with a university, college or school.
You will rarely see a school that will post on stage “Graduation Ceremonies or Rites”. Instead you’ll often see “Commencement Exercises”. It is an academic ceremony or activity that involves processions and speeches. It is also referred to as “academic exercises” or Commencement Ceremony”.
Baccalaureate is a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement exercises or ceremonies. This academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies is derived from the Latin word “Baccalaureatus” – bacca means “berry” and laureatus means crowned with laurel.
5. Cum laude
Cum laude is a Latin phrase which means “with honors”. It is an honor added to a diploma or degree for work that is above average.
6. Magna cum laude
Magna cum laude is a Latin phrase which means “with great honor” or “with great praise”.
7. Maxima cum laude
Maxima cum laude is a Latin phrase which means “with maximal praise” or “with outstanding honor". It is higher than Magna cum laude and lower than summa cum laude. It is often used in the United States and Canada but not commonly used in the Philippines
8. Summa cum laude
Summa cum laude is a Latin phrase which means “with highest honor”. In the Philippines, the 3 most common distinctions awarded to honor students are cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude with “summa cum laude” being the highest.
9. Egregia cum laude
Egregia cum laude is a Latin phrase which means “with outstanding honor”. It is not commonly used and is intended to be higher than “summa cum laude” although summa already means the “highest”.
Ask a typical graduating student what is a toga and he/she will abruptly answer “it’s the cap” a graduating student wears during graduation. It is partly correct but not accurate. The term toga is a Latin word. It is a unique garment worn in Ancient Rome. It was the dress clothing of the Romans and only Roman men and citizens were allowed to wear it. Wearing original toga is without a cap. Toga per se is the robe.
Valedictorian is derived from the Latin phrase “vale dicere”. It literally means “to say farewell”. A valedictorian is the highest ranked student among the graduating students in a school. In France, it is known as “Major de promotion”.
Salutatorian is the second highest ranked student in a graduating class in an educational institution. It is derived from the Latin word “salutatorius” – salut, stem of salutare – to greet. It is pertains “to visiting or greeting” which is why the salutatorian usually is the first speaker during commencement exercises. His/her speech is called “salutatory address”.
Processional is the ceremonial walk or march from the back to the front of the stage of graduating students together with their parents/guardians and faculty and staff members of an educational institution during graduation ceremonies.
Recessional is a hymn that accompanies the exit of the graduating students with their parents/guardians and faculty and staff members after the graduation ceremonies.
15. Cream of the Crop
During graduation, you’ll often hear from the masters of ceremony and speakers the idiomatic expression “cream of the crop”. It simply means “the best of all”.
Having a good education is important to one's success in life. Education is the key to success, without a good education you will find it hard to achieve success in one's life. A good education is important because you will be able to think for yourself and communicate intelligently to other people. Persons who don`t have a good education background will have a difficult time finding jobs and also will earn less money. If a person is unable to reason and think for himself then that person will have problem in finding and keeping a job. They will not be very successful in life until they improve their educational background. Jobs are hard to get, and the employers will seek the most qualified and intelligent person to fill the vacancy because of the competition out there.
It is never too late to get an education, once you gained a good education background it stays with you for life. So if you need to improve or get a good education now. Most jobs are not employing people with the basic education from high school anymore or unless you want very low paying job that can't meet your needs. To achieve success in one's life you need to start by attending college or university to achieve a degree or diploma. Remember the focus here is how you can achieve success in one's life. Well you can start by achieving a certificate,diploma and degree. So, you can start from the bottom to the top. Having a good education is an investment like owning a house or a car. Once you invest your time and money in your education you will reap the huge reward what it will give you in life.
Why is education so significant?
The thing that strikes me about education is knowledge acquired. Education gives us the perspective of the things around us. Education help us to look at our lives and learn from every experiences. The future of a country is safe in the hands of educated peoples. Education is important for the economic growth of our countries. It fosters principles of socialism and equality. A person can't be a complete man without a good education. Education also builds your self esteem and how you view yourself. A person with a good education background will have more confident when approaching a new job and also when interacting with people.
Teachers are very special. Saying “thank you” to teacers/lecturers is the very least yet very sweet and thoughtful that we can do. Teachers are among the greatest people in our world; they are devoted and fully committed when it comes to nurturing one’s learning.
Here is a collection of some splendid thank you messages that you can send to your lecturers or teacher. Read on to find the perfect thank you message for your dear lecturer and teacher.
1 Thank you for being such a good lecturer. You have educated me countless lessons in academic as well as lessons in life as well! I really value you in so many ways because without having you my dear teacher, I’m nothing!
2 Hello Teacher (name). You are such an inspiration to me! You’re teachings are great and indeed very useful in my life. Thank you for being so dedicated in your job.
3 Thank you for everything! We are so lucky to have a lecturer like you!
4 Hello to my dearest teacher! I just want to thank you for being so kind and dedicated. I’m always excited to attend you lecture, because I’m sure that I’m going to learn again something new and interesting. Thank you and God bless you dear teacher!
5 Good day to you teacher (name)! This message is to simply thank you! You enlighten me through your teachings! I will always be thankful to you for making my future brighter. Thank you and indeed you are amazing!
6 Hello teacher (name)! You are the best! Just wanna say thank you for becoming a great lecturer for me! Every day is a meaningful day because of you! Thank you!
7 Your motivating words and phrases and as well as your emotional gestures have made me what I am and who I am. “Thank you” is the exact words that are perfect for you! Thank you dear teacher (name)! You are amazing indeed!
8 Thank you my teacher! I always learn from you that makes me a better person almost every single day. You are great and a wonderful person to look up to. Thank you for everything and I hope this simple thank you message from me, makes you feel happy and overwhelmed. God bless you more teacher (name)!
9 Without a great lecturer like you, I could have been lost. Thanks for your effort in guiding me, motivating me and most importantly for making me exactly what I am today.
10 I may not express this at all times. Yet, I truly mean it when I say thank you teacher for the countless things you have done for us.
11 Many thanks to you teacher (name)! You have always brought us on the right path. We will never forget you. Whatever
success we might have achieved in our future it’s because you have been a wonderful teacher for us. Thank you again!
12 I found friendship, guidance, discipline and love, and almost everything in just one person. And that fantastic person is you (name of your teacher).
Take time to appreciate your dear teachers and make them feel that they are such a special person in your life. Say thanks to your favorite lecturer or teacher by sending any of this thank you messages. Also check Teacher Appreciation sayings
If you are a looking for messages to thank the nursery teacher of your kid, then you have reached the right spot. In this article you will find an excellent collection of thank you messages for nursery teachers. Read on to find the best message to convey your gratitude and thanks to the nursery teachers.
When you observe that your child is singing the Alphabet Song and reciting 1-10 numbers then, you should be thankful to your child’s nursery teacher. Here is a beautiful selection of great thank you messages for nursery teachers.
1 Many thanks to you teacher (name). My child (name) continues to be very smart recently. At home, I can even hear him/her singing the alphabet song and reciting a nice short-poem. Thank you so much Teacher (name) for all your efforts and dedication in teaching your nursery pupils including my son/ daughter.
2 Good day Teacher (name)! I’m the mommy of (name of the child) and I would like to personally thank you for doing such a good job. I can tell that my son/daughter is indeed growing wiser and intelligent and thus, he knows how to be confident enough doing such things. Thank you again Teacher (name)! God bless you more!
3 To all the teachers in nursery level; this message is to simply thank you for all the kindness and support for my son/daughter (name) during his/her three years of stay in your school.
4 Thank you very much Teacher (name)! Because my child truly enjoys her/his stay with you. You teach effectively because every day I can hear my son/daughter reciting a poem, counting numbers and even she/he is now confident speaking English. That’s really a big learning for my little one.
5 Thank you Teacher (name)! You help and guide my son/daughter every single day in building the foundation of his/her knowledge. My child in now showing full-confidence to achieve some things such as dancing, singing and reciting a poem. And you are the reason behind these wonderful achievements. Thank you!
6 My son/daughter is so happy at nursery class every day. You have helped her/him to build up her confidence a lot. Thank you very much!
7 Generally I’m very happy with my child’s every day progress report! Special thanks to his/her nursery teacher. Because of your
dedication, love and guidance our children truly gained essential learning that they should know.
8 Teacher (name), as a parent of (name of the child), I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent achievements and leanings you have imparted to my son/ daughter progress. You’re a beautiful person who was able to established favorable journey in their lives.
Teaching job is hard a task and need full-commitment of time and effort once you have entered this kind of profession. So in return and as a reward for our heroes, why not thank them? A simple thank you will make them feel that they are special and delight their hearts someway.
Hope this collection of selected thank you messages for nursery teachers wil help you to convey your thanks and gratitude to the nursery teacher of your kid. Also check Thank You Messages for Teachers: Teacher Appreciation Sayings.