Carpe Diem, Yes, But Avoid Stitches, Eh?

British university aims to curb dangerous mortarboard toss
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 3:20 PM CDT
Carpe Diem , Yes, But Avoid Stitches, Eh?
President Bush watches the Class of 2008 throw their caps in the air during Greensburg High School graduation in Greensburg, Kan., Sunday, May 4, 2008.    (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

It’s fun, it’s tradition—and it’s off-limits at one British institution. Cambridge's Anglia Ruskin University has asked graduates to refrain from the customary mortarboard-toss, arguing that it damages the hats and is dangerous beside, the Guardian reports, after a student needed stitches recently. Grads-to-be, perhaps predictably, derided the advice as “health and safety gone mad.”

"Throwing your hat into the air is part of the student experience," said the student union president. "Who is going to go round stopping it anyway—the hat police?" (Read more graduation stories.)

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