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Thai Graduation Ceremonies

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.

Thai Graduation Ceremonies

Friends and family hand over flowers and a doll, wearing the same insignia.

✈ 08:30 - 11:30, 16:00 - 18:00

Thai Graduation Ceremonies

The graduates enjoy taking pictures with friends and family.

✈ 09:00

Thai Graduation Ceremonies

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 ...

Thai Graduation Ceremonies

The graduates queue up. The elderly lady wearing a gown with pink stripes is a teacher, aka Ajarn (อาจารย์).

Thai Graduation Ceremonies

Princess Maha Chakkri Sirinthon hands over the diploma. Unquestionably the highlight of the day - and presumably in the life of every graduate.

Thai Graduation Ceremonies

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.

Dentistry      Amethyst
Engineering      วศ Firebrick
Fine and Applied Arts      ศป Red
Science      วท Yellow

In case you want to know more abour the gown, see Wikipedia.

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