This is part two of what is very weird or different about Sweden. The first part you can read about here. This is the second one out off three, so let’s start. Graduation is the most important thing in our life, even if we don’t accomplish anything with it
Swedish graduation. I’m dreaming. The way some plan their weddings, some, or actually all Swedes plan their graduation. I thought America thought that graduation was a big thing, but they think graduation is a joke compared to Swedes. So let me take you on a trip, a basic day for an Swedish graduate student. - We wake up at 5 AM and start making ourselves fresh and ready to go. Around 6.30 we go to have something we call champagne breakfast. Usually one of our classmates have it. That breakfast starts around 7, and that is when you take your first drink, second, third, fourth and fifth drink. Some people don’t even survive the champagne breakfast. Either way, it’s like a pre party for the pre party. Then everyone is headed to school together where we have a breakfast with the teachers and everyone has a speech etc. Then we run out of school screaming that we have graduated. In my city, Helsingborg, we have a tradition to go seven rounds around a statue and then we are headed to our trucks. Usually every class has one, but in my school we just rent a big truck and put all 400 students on it. Then we go around town with someone driving the truck and screaming, singing, drinking and bragging that we now have graduated. After that the truck takes us home where we have a big graduation party with two different cakes, speeches and so on. Around midnight it’s time for the graduate to have a speech and thank everyone for coming and then they are headed out to the clubs to get even more drunk and they usually don’t come home until the morning. - Let us not forget that we also have a countdown and when the countdown have reached 10 days, we party every single day!
It’s funny how important graduation is for us, even if you can’t even get a job after you graduate, you have to go to college. I guess Sweden just tries to find excuses to party, and we always find them.