As seen in Chulalongkorn Universitiy, Bangkok, Thailand
The graduation ceremonies in Thailand are much more ceremonial than in Switzerland. The candidates are dressed in
honorable gowns awaiting Her Royal Majesty, Princess Maha Chakkri Sirinthon to hand over the diploma.
We had the chance to witness this honourable moment. Here are our impresions.
Friends and family hand over flowers and a doll, wearing the same insignia.
✈ 08:30 - 11:30, 16:00 - 18:00
The graduates enjoy taking pictures with friends and family.
Princess Maha Chakkri Sirinthon is about to arrive at the place. All are a guard of honor to welcome the Princess. We apologise, but taking pictures
would not have amused the Princess.
✈ 11:31 ...
The graduates queue up. The elderly lady wearing a gown with pink stripes is a teacher, aka Ajarn (อาจารย์).
Princess Maha Chakkri Sirinthon hands over the diploma. Unquestionably the highlight of the day - and presumably
in the life of every graduate.
After having received such a great honour, it is time to "say" thank you. The graduates do this with
a wai-krub (ไหว้กราบ) in front of the statues of King Chulalongkorn and King Vajiravudh, the latter beeing he founder
of the Chulalongkorn University.
✈ Colour of the Gown
The colours of the stripes on the gown indicate the faculty. If you know the faculty of your friend it is easy to
spot them, as they are usually grouped because they know each other :-)
The table below lists some colours which I could identify. More to be seen on Wikipedia.
Fine and Applied Arts
In case you want to know more abour the gown, see Wikipedia.
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