Just read a piece in Huff Post US about two veterans, aged 95 and 82, who finally attended a high school graduation ceremony.
The idea of a high school graduation being a big deal (plus wearing cap and gown) Has always seemed odd to me. Am I right in thinking that a college diploma does not guarantee the holder a right to attend a college?
Here, the end of year 12 is sometimes marked by a formal dinner and dance.This is a relatively recent innovation.
Here, year 12 exams are ‘public’. IE state wide, same exam for everyone. The results determine IF you qualify for university, and in which faculties .EG lower marks are accepted to study for a Liberal arts degree than say medicine, law or some other profession. Generally speaking, Australia doe snot have preparatory schools. (They may exist for foreign students, I don’t know)
When you are accepted into an ordinary degree, you are qualified to wear a gown, no cap. A cap may only be worn with advanced post graduate degrees.
I’m not suggesting Australian education is superior, it’s just different.
Universities here are now user pays. This was not the case when I went; there were no tuition fees. One was obliged to join the student union at about $300 a subject. That meant a maximum of under $2000 a year. If one objected, a donation of equal value could be made to a charity of one’s choice. The student union was not political; it provided a range of free or subsidised services; Eg a tavern, book shop, cheap lunches, free creches an a bunch of clubs.
Today, if one is unable to fees pay up front, a debt accrues. It’s called HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) and becomes payable, by instalments, once personal income reaches a set figure.
As I said, different.