Colleges and universities in British prohibit graduates throw their mortarboard hat, claim for the safety of students.
The University of East Anglia in Norwich said a number of graduates had been hurt by falling hats in recent years, which gave rise to "avoidable injury", according to a statement published in student newspaper. A student at University of East Anglia said, "if I spend 45 pounds for a degree in graduation day, I should be able to throw my cap into the air. It's a memorial."
Instructions sent by Penguin Photography to third and fourth-year law students at the university urged graduates to "mime" the throwing action instead, The Tab said. "As well as being safer, this will have the added advantage that even more of the students' faces will be seen in this photograph," the photography company said."The decision to not have the traditional 'hat throwing' photo opportunity for all students this year follows a number of injuries over recent years to graduates hurt by falling mortarboards."This is an unacceptable risk and we want to ensure no student's graduation day is ruined by the potential for avoidable injury."
The university said the ban had been agreed by academic dress suppliers which often received "damaged mortarboards" after graduations.