Graduation brings joy and worries

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 June, 2012, 12:00am


A smiling girl in a cap and gown was surrounded by 10 family members and friends. The group was taking graduation photos in front of the library at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.

In May and June, thousands of university students in the city go through a key rite of passage - graduation.

'It might be the last time I hang around on campus as a student, together with all my classmates. It is meaningful and unforgettable,' Wu Jie, who is graduating this year, says. 'I also invited my family to share the happy moment with me.'

Graduation season is a joyous time for many families. 'It's a milestone for my child, and I am happy she has finally finished school,' Wu's father said. 'My parents also came; we had three generations coming together to celebrate this happy and memorable moment.'

The junior students are busy and excited, as well. They bring presents to congratulate the graduating seniors and their families. Flowers are the most popular gifts.

'You can see people selling flowers from early in the morning everywhere that there are people - the bus station, school campus and cafeteria,' says Lin Quan, a second-year student at Guangdong University of Technology, as he hurries to take part in the graduation ceremony.

While most graduates are happy, some woirry about employment. 'I have sent out more than 15 resumes, but haven't got a reply,' says graduate Wu Hongxia, who will not be attendig the graduation ceremony. 'A job fair will be held tomorrow in our school, so I think I had better prepare myself for that, instead of going to today's graduation celebrations. For me, graduation means unemployment.'

Graduation season is a major milestone, in which tears are sometimes mixed with the joy.