Graduation Speech : A Rite Of Passage

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Celebration can be defined as: the action of marking one 's pleasure at an important event or occasion by engaging in enjoyable, typically social, activity. For many adolescent individuals in America, graduation is considered a rite of passage. Often, Americans couple graduation with a celebration of opening a new chapter of their life. Specifically, transitioning from a high school student to a graduate. In this essay I will explain what a rite of passage is and what graduation is. Also, I will discuss how graduation is approached as a rite of passage in my culture, and what celebration in regards to graduation looks like and means to many. Almost all, if not all cultures have rites of passage integrated into them in some way. In the textbook Investigating Culture by Carol Delaney we see that anthropologist Arnold Van Gennep defines a rite of passage as a “ritual that transforms youths or adolescents into adults” (Delaney 7). These rituals are commonly seen as a transition from one status to another such as a position within society. The three stages of a rite of passage are the rite of separation, the liminal period, and the rites of re-aggregation. Before the rite of separation, one is in their old status. They go through a process in which they are removed from the rest of the community or group to go into the liminal period or otherwise known as the transitional period. In this stage, a person is striped from their old status. Everything they have known how to do up…

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