Last chance to see grad exhibit at Surrey Museum

High school grad dresses through the ages. From left: 1940s

Time is running out to take in the Surrey Museum’s exhibit on a rite of passage celebrated the world over.

Graduation Through the Ages looks at the significance of graduating from high school, university, RCMP depot and nursing school.

It’s a chance for visitors to reminisce about one of the biggest events of their lives, earning an academic degree, diploma or certificate.

Everything from community memories, photos and clothing to songs, customs and school annuals are included in the exhibition, running to April 2.

Displays mainly focus on the last one hundred years, taking a close look at the importance of fashion and ethnic customs in forming graduation traditions.

People around the world have been marking the occasion for centuries, in much the same way, with intriguing differences, by alma mater or nation. A common theme is the importance of family and friends, and the need to celebrate achievements. At its essence, graduation is a ritual marking a formal departure from student life into the world of a working adult.

The Surrey Museum is located at 17710 56A Ave. Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free in 2011 thanks to the Friends of the Surrey Museum and Archive Society.Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.