Graduation from high school, college or university is an important rite of passage, a ceremony that marks the leaving of one stage of life behind and entering into another. Completing a program of study, achieving a degree, finishing an academic year is an accomplishment worthy of praise and celebration.
Educational institutions all around the world share many commencement and graduation customs. The academic gowns, caps and hoods, the single file march to the stage, the formal handshake and the handing of the diploma, even the yearbooks are all traditions rooted deeply in the centuries old history of education – a really special graduation gift should represent the same cultural context.
Degree ceremonies and connected rituals stretch back to the establishment of the first European mediaeval universities of Bologna and Paris in the mid-11th century. The baccalaureate ceremony originates to 1432 at Oxford University, and Harvard was the first American university to hold a commencement ceremony in 1642.
Throughout the Middle Ages, higher education was mostly limited to institutions established by the church and managed by monasteries. Course of study used to contain Latin language, grammar, logic, rhetoric, philosophy, music, mathematics, astronomy and astrology, using mostly ancient writings from Roman and Greek resources. Astrology was an established discipline, considered as a part of astronomy, practiced by the most respected scientists of the era.
Today, evaluation of astrology has changed, but you don’t have to believe in astrology to understand and appreciate the symbolism of an astrological chart. The fact that the arrangement of the celestials at a given moment viewed from a given place is unique and will never precisely reoccur is unarguable – thus a depiction of this arrangement is also unique, and an ASTROLOGICAL CHART PRINT made for a significant moment and place can symbolize an event.
A perfect graduation present can be lots of things, but what we recommend you is a meaningful, personalized gift, that by nature is strongly connected to the traditions of education, and is a beautiful visual symbol to remember one of the great milestones and an important era of one’s life.
Please visit our Gallery or our Chart of the Week posts to have a look at more example charts, and use the Menu on the left to find out about available sizes and prizes, the preparing process of a chart and delivery options (we deliver worldwide).
If you decide to order one of our prints, you should consider a few opportunities when choosing the specific moment the chart should be made for.
The time and place of the commencement ceremony is an obvious choice, but it’s not necessarily the date that can signify the moment the best.
Maybe the graduation is a step – a first or a final one – to a dream come true, that began years ago, when a child, influenced by a strong experience, an encounter, or a person decided to be a doctor, an astronomer, an architect, or an artist growing up, and THAT was the defining moment.
Maybe in the long learning years to achieve a degree there was an instant that proved to be a turning point on the way, even more important than the handing of the diploma, and that is the moment to remember.
It’s your choice, just as it is to specify the personalized texts on the print: the name of the graduate, the institution, the interval of years of study, the motto of the school or a profession or any personal text within the 20 character limitation.