One of my sons graduated high school last night, and along with the rest of the Class of 2007, is entering the Real World. Here, they march onto the football field to "Pomp and Circumstance." There were no long speeches from learned men or women, just short reflections from the class president, valedictorian and co-salutatorians, followed by the awarding of diplomas. Then, they marched around the field to throw up their caps in celebration.
The once-solemn ceremony (in my day) has changed to one of jubilation with many seniors' family and friends clapping, cheering and yelling as their honoree's name is called to receive the diploma. There is no longer any admonition to hold the applause and cheers until the end of the ceremony, resulting in some grads' names hardly being heard above the commotion.
How are graduations conducted in your part of the world?
Click to enlarge. This photo is a long shot, taken from the other side of the stadium.