Posted by: Christina Soldan | June 11, 2010

Because We Have Taken the Studenten…

Student 2010

That was what you could hear in Sweden and Skellefteå today. Because now, “the studenten” has been celebrated , that is the graduation day, the last day of school for students in their last year in high school. A lot of fun but also a bit sad … Happy to have finished the upper secondary education, sad to leave all the friends… it is sad even for us teachers to take farewell from our old students… But that’s life…

Champagne breakfast, class SPSK3 at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

The celebration usually starts around 08:00 in the morning with a so-called champagne breakfast.

SPID3b-girls at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

It is a bit different how such a breakfast is organized but usually the class gathers at a classmate’s home or at the home of one of their mentors.

SPID3b-boys at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

From 10:00 to 11:00 o’clock they gather at the school for one last group photo.

Class SPSK3 - the last hour at the Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

The students meet their mentors for one last time and they get a document with their final grades. Usually they give each other great mementoes, such as collections of greetings, self-made diplomas, and so on… At 12:30 it’s time for the final student festivity…

Aestheticians students in the church choir - Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

The priest gives a speech in St. Olov's Church - Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, SwedenThe term ‘studenten’ is derived from the period when the upper secondary education in Sweden ended with a graduation (which was abolished in 1968, in Romania there is still a baccalaureate and it is called (‘Bacalaureat’).

Anderstorpsskolan celebrated the end of the three or four school years at S:t Olov’s Church, where each class sat with their mentors in the rows of pews. 

SPID3b at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

All female students wearing white dresses and the male students usually have black suits.

SPSK3 at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

Viktor Holmström SPID3b-student at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden Nils Bergmark SPID3b-student at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden Jacob Eliasson SPID3b-student at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden Jonas Ögren SPID3b-student at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

Dennis Karlsson SPID3b-student at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, SwedenAll students wear a so-called “student hat” with the programme’s mark and the text that shows the student’s name and class. The students have selected and ordered a so-called ‘student package’ before Christmas. The student package includes a student’s hat, a rain cover for it, a certificate of authenticity, a champagne glass with the student’s name engraved on it and a gold pen. It called for The Gold Package and it costs about 700 SEK. CL Seifert A/S is our partner in Copenhagen and the Royal Warrant.

The Gold Student Package from CL Seifert A/S

The families, friends and other relatives stand outside of the church to congratulate the new students when they come out of the church.

Student placard Student toy Student greeting card Student toy Student greeting card Student toy Student flowers Student gift Student gift Student flower Student flower

They congratulate their own student with flowers, student toys, greeting cards, balloons and posters, usually with  baby pictures of the now 19-year-old and so on. It is a great and very emotional time for all involved. Usually the tears flow in rivers on this day…

SPSK3 at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

When all students have received their congratulations from all their friends and relatives they leave the church on a tractor or truck that they have rented in advance and decorated the night before. Every class has their own tractor or truck.

SPID3b at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

They go to Skellefteå’s square where a huge stage has been erected for the occasion. Every class is invited up onto the stage, one class at a time, to sing one last song together before they say goodbye to each other for good, maybe … . The town square is usually packed with people on this day. 

The student dinner - Sofie Ögren SPID3b-student at Anderstorpsskolan in Skellefteå, Sweden

In every student’s home the celebration continues with food and dessert together with family, friends and relatives…

The student party 2010 in Skellefteå, Sweden

The evening offers student parties with dancing in town… All upper secondary school students meet there and they have a lot of fun together all night long…

Actually, it not until this day that they can call themselves ‘students’, because now they have finally graduated. You can see more pictures on the local magazine Norran

// Christina Soldan

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Responses

  1. Congratulations my very best CREW-SE!! And good luck, Andrea! You are the first one who’s going your own way… 🙂

  2. Hi all CREW-people! I have been very busy lately. I will update the blog after the event. Stay tuned! 🙂

  3. I’m sorry that I didn’t see your post before. For us, the end of the school year was very charged, full of events, too, so we were very busy in this period.
    About your ceremony, I find you also you have so nice traditions. All of you (students) looked awesome!
    I wish your most beautiful dreams become true and you keep in your mind the best memories from the school life. I hope some of this will be from our CREW project.
    Good luck to all!!!

  4. hmmmm…nice pictures and events 🙂

  5. nice pictures there !!!


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