A new craze across China has seen female university graduates do away with the traditional graduation caps for, of all things, wedding dresses
Unlike Britain, where ingrained traditions of tearful parents, gowned lecturers and celebrity speakers are all part of graduation day, in China there are fewer set in stone traditions and this has given birth to new ideas and rituals, including the wearing of wedding dresses.
During this summer’s graduation ceremonies, more and more of China’s female graduates have been adorning white gowns and tiaras to pose for the all-important graduation photo.
According to Liu Xiangping a student from Xi'an Polytechnic University in central China "The wedding dress makes things feel more meaningful."
Liu, who along with her classmates and thousands of other female graduates rent their gowns for up to and above $7 dollars a day to wear during their graduation.
With parents generally not attending, the importance of the graduation photo with classmates has become the most important aspect of the day, with those groups that have spent year’s together seeing their final pictures as the reward for their achievement.
She believes that with massive competition facing grads for jobs, the decision to wear wedding dresses is seen as the final manifestation of freedom before entering the working world.