Monday, November 16, 2009

What is the cultural etymology behind giving roses at a college graduation?

I'm American but the English side of my family gives roses out during graduation. I'm wondering if giving roses is an English custom or maybe it's some other European culture? Is it something that is uniquely American? I was the only one at my graduation this past week with roses (given to me by my family) and I was wondering about this.

What is the cultural etymology behind giving roses at a college graduation?
It actually started during the victorian era. different flowers mean different things and roses symbolize the strongest of feelings! It is something that started in england but became very popular in america! I think its sweet that your family thought to continue it
Reply:I think it's probably Victorian. My family gives Roses for just about anything. LOL We're Americans.
Reply:Here in Canada, I have a relative who graduated and was given roses. I think that most vale Victorians get roses just because they did something, successful in the major academics category.

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