The graduation tradition began as a ceremonial rite of passage in the 12th century; scholastic monks wore liturgical robes and gave sermons in Latin as a commencement from school to religious life. To this day, graduates wear gowns and give speeches, although thankfully in contemporary ceremonies, not every graduate is expected to speak.
There are nearly 4,500 colleges and universities in the United States, and 3 million students will take the walk across the stage to get their diploma. That number doubles once you add in high schools, meaning that in the next few weeks, millions of students will be moving from one phase of life to the next – and we think that is something to celebrate!
Since the most ancient of civilizations, flowers have been used to convey unspoken messages and sentiments. Although the language of flowers is not used as often as it once was, knowing a little bit about the traditional meanings behind each variety will allow you to give a gift both beautiful and meaningful gifts. For instance, these beautiful orange roses say “I’m proud of you.” Other flowers appropriate for a graduation day bouquet are purple iris (wisdom), gladioli and laurels (victory), magnolia (perseverance) and yellow roses (highest level of distinction.). You may also wish to consider adding sage or palm leaves, which represent wisdom, courage, and success.
For alternative gifts, browse Griffin’s Floral Design extensive online gift catalog – gourmet wine, fruit, chocolate and cheese baskets will satisfy any palette; balloon arrangements will bring the fun, and decorative glass vases add class to any home décor. You can be assured that there is something for every graduate at our Columbus area flower shops. Stop by today and get a gift that is sure to make the grade!