University of East Anglia students have been asked not to throw their graduation caps amid health and safety concerns
The University of East Anglia has sent an email to all third and fourth year law students requesting them not to throw their graduation caps but instead to ‘mime’ the ceremonial act due to health and safety fears.
The students who received the email are due to graduate on July 21 later this year, but unfortunately for them, they will not be partaking in the traditional act of throwing their mortar board graduation caps; a tradition that dates back to the early twentieth century.
Organisers from the University of East Anglia claim that throwing the mortar board caps into the air presents a serious health and safety issue, as graduates could be injured by the falling caps. Additionally, it prevents some students faces being seen on the photographs, as they are hidden by the flying caps.
The photography company hired for the July ceremony, Penguin Photograph, has instructed the law students to “mime the throwing of their hats in the air and we will then Photoshop them in above the group before printing”.
University of East Anglia law students have been left understandably frustrated and confused by the request, which means they will miss out on the time-honoured tradition which is eagerly anticipated by university students.
One student from the University of East Anglia told Metro.co.uk: “When you’ve worked so hard and paid so much for the ceremony itself and the fees, a lot of people look forward to that moment.”
A spokesperson from the university told Metro.co.uk that it had the decision had been made as a number of graduates had been injured “by falling mortarboards” in previous years and the university was no longer willing to take this “unacceptable risk”.
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