A college graduation ceremony is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in the Christian faith.
It’s usually followed by a huge party and fireworks display.
But how does a college graduate feel about getting married?
“I think you’re more than just an academic, and it’s more than that,” says Mary-Louise Jackson.
“You have your family, your friends, your parents, your children and they all love you.”
It is a big day, but what does the ceremony entail?
“It’s an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime,” says Jackson.
There are a lot of details you need to know to attend, including who you’ll be marrying and where.
“There’s a lot that you have to remember and a lot you can’t,” she says.
“It can be a very private ceremony, but it can be very public.
You need to be respectful.”
A college ceremony is a major event, but many people who attend have their own special memories of it.
“The most important thing is that everyone is on their toes,” says Martin Caulfield, a professor of education at Saint Paul College in Pennsylvania.
“They want to be the best they can be.
It really is the culmination of all the hard work and dedication that goes into a college education.”
There are two main ceremonies for students who graduate from college.
“We have the ‘Baptism of Life’, where you can choose your profession, and the ‘Ascension of the Church’, where everyone celebrates their graduation,” says Caulfields.
The two can be different, depending on the school.
“At Saint Paul, it’s the graduation party,” says Michael Richey.
“In my day it’s called the baptism of the city, and we all go to a parade.”
There’s also the ‘Marriage of the Faith’, where the two spouses sit at a table and celebrate their wedding together.
“I can’t really think of a ceremony I’ve been to where my wife didn’t say, ‘I love you’,” says Caufield.
“That’s the moment that I’m most excited about.”
A wedding party, like a wedding, is not the only event that can be held.
“A lot of people like to do a reception, and then go back to the dorm,” says Richeys.
“When I was at college, the dorm was very small, so I had to pick a place to host a reception.”
In the past, students have taken on the role of the bride and groom.
“This is a pretty traditional rite of passage for women in this country,” says David Goss, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“Most women want to know their place in the church and their place as a bride and a groom.”
The church has also put a special emphasis on ceremonies that are not public events.
The ‘First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles’, which governs the church, is also looking to get students involved in their wedding ceremonies.
“What we want to see is a great ceremony,” says Goss.
“Students are the people who are going to be there to make it great.”
It’s an event that many students love, but not everyone is so enamoured.
“As a Christian, I am deeply conflicted,” says Bina Smith, a senior at Saint Pius X College in Arizona.
“If I had the choice of marrying a Christian and being a married person or a gay person, I would choose the gay one.”
Some students have even turned their back on their own wedding.
“Some of the students are really good at this,” says Paul T. Hahn, a junior at Saint Mary’s College in North Carolina.
“But others, they can’t be the person that they are in their heart.”
Some women have even found their own way into weddings without a formal ceremony.
“One of my friends has decided to get married without any ceremony whatsoever,” says Hahn.
“She has decided that she will just get married and forget about the ceremony.”
Some of the more prominent graduates, such as Toni F. Hines, have found their way into a wedding without any formal ceremony at all.
“After graduation, my parents have invited me to their wedding and I said, ‘OK,'” says Hines.
“And my parents had just come back from a weekend trip to the Philippines, so they came to my house and we got married.”
She is happy to have married without a ceremony.
But she doesn’t want her parents to be too upset.
“My parents will never understand why I didn’t have a ceremony,” she adds.
“For a lot more than one wedding, I’ve had a couple of people say, I don’t think I would have wanted to go.”
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