Tuesday, April 15th

Dental School Graduates Hooding Ceremony

Like other doctors, dental school graduates enjoy a White Coat Ceremony at graduation. Many dental schools also hold a Hooding Ceremony. During a Hooding Ceremony, the doctoral hood is placed over the graduate’s head by a member of the school’s faculty. While this is not commencement itself, the ceremony is still a solemn occasion with a formal processional and  all participants dressed in full, formal academic regalia of robes, caps, and hoods. The doctoral hood (video link) is larger than other academic hoods and originates in the medieval past, but still remains as part of every university’s tradition. The colors of the silk lining the hood reflect the school’s colors, Click to Read more…

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Tuesday, April 8th

White Coat Ceremony for Doctors

The WCC or White Coat Ceremony is a relatively new ceremony for students studying medicine was created at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1989. Today, 100+ schools hold WCCs for their student populations. Participating in a White Coat Ceremony is considered a landmark in a medical student’s studies, although some schools wait to hold the ceremony until graduation. Others do it at the beginning of the school year. No matter when or wherethe ceremony is held, all students receive the same thing—the long, white doctor’s coat they will wear throughout their future career that identifies them as caregivers and healers. The idea of a White Click to Read more…

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Wednesday, April 2nd

Pinning Ceremony for Nurses

Learning to be a nurse requires long hours of study, dedication, exhausting clinicals and a grueling exam. Just as graduating doctors celebrate their new status with a white coat ceremony, successful graduate nurses are welcomed into their new profession with a Pinning Ceremony. The occasion takes place at the nursing school when graduate students are given a pin by the faculty head during a ceremony which may also include lighting a candle in honor of Florence Nightingale. Pins vary in design, but all designs represent the school. Scholars believe the origins of this symbolic welcoming may date the medieval times. Greeting Card Universe salutes the nurses who work hard every Click to Read more…

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Monday, March 10th

Prom For Seniors and Juniors

Go to the prom with me? The important questions facing high school juniors and seniors — who to ask to the prom and will they say yes? This rite of passage can be fun, ot it may cause frayed nerves, but at some point , all teenagers face the issue. According to the sources, girls spend an average of $195 on a prom dress, while prom ticket prices are around $75.  Renting a limo, a corsage, tuxedo rental — prom is an expensive endeavor, but the magic moment only comes once in a lifetime. And when he or she says yes? Priceless. Make special memories even more memorable with Will Click to Read more…

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Monday, March 3rd

Teen Milestone: Drive Like a Boss

In the United States and elsewhere, a teenager getting their driver’s license allows them to gain further independence from their parents. Once upon a time, this was considered an important rite of passage, another step toward adulthood. More recently, however, the desire for the freedom of the road has changed for some teens. In the last 15 or so years, the number of high schoolers getting their driver’s licenses has dropped. Experts disagree on the cause of the decline. According to a University of Michigan survey, some of the reasons cited for not getting a driver’s license include not having enough time or money, and the availability of alternate transportation Click to Read more…

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Tuesday, February 25th

Couples’ Wedding Showers

The long standing tradition of a bridal shower or “hen party” for the soon-to-be bride, and a “stag party” or bachelor’s party given for the groom are evolving into a couple’s party, also known as a “Jack and Jill” or “stag and doe” party. Since weddings have grown more elaborate (and more expensive), and for many families, money is tight, a couple’s party usually combines a celebration with raising money to help defray the costs of the perfect venue, the perfect dress, the perfect catering, and the perfect cake. While some controversy exists—some people perceive a couple’s party as too blatant or crass–for many engaged men and women, asking their Click to Read more…

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Tuesday, February 18th

5 Uncommon Wedding Party Attendants

We’re all familiar with the traditional roles played by bridesmaids, flower girls, ring bearers, ushers, and a best man, but what does a Coin Bearer do? In honor of every couple tying the knot this month, here’s the scoop on  five unusual Wedding Party Attendants. Coin Bearer Particularly in Filipino wedding ceremonies, it’s traditional for a young boy to carry a pillow bearing 13 Unity Coins—a collection of gold and/or silver coins given to the bride by the groom during the ceremony. The coins, called arras or arrhae, are marked with meaningful symbols and can be treasured heirlooms. Veil Sponsor Another Filipino wedding tradition. During the ceremony, the Veil Sponsor drapes Click to Read more…

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Tuesday, February 11th

Valentine’s Day Wedding Anniversary

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies—Aristotle Valentine’s Day (February 14)  is a very popular and romantic time for couples to tie the knot or renew their wedding vows. Why not? It is considered a day to celebrate love in all its forms. Marrying for love hasn’t always been the case throughout recorded history. Even the concept of a romantic relationship between two people was uncommon until the twelfth century. Even then, many marriages were arranged for reasons ranging from financial gain to increased social status. To do one’s duty was the highest aspiration. As the twentieth century rolled on, marrying for love became the norm rather Click to Read more…

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Monday, February 3rd

Bridesman and Groomsmaid

National Weddings Month, with Valentine’s Day on the fourteenth, make February the most romantic time of the year! According to the US Census Bureau and Time.com, over 200,000 marriage proposals are made and on average, almost 6,000 couples tie the knot on Valentine’s Day! The tradition of wedding attendants—bridesmaids and groomsmen, maid/matron of honor and best man—has its roots in the distant past. Today, new non-traditional roles have become increasingly popular: the bridesman (a very good male friend of the bride) and the groomswoman or groomsmaid (a very good female friend of the groom). Ceremonies are often progressive than the past, allowing a bride and groom to stand at the Click to Read more…

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Tuesday, January 28th

12 Steps to Recovery

Most 12 step programs run along similar principles, with certain elements tailored to fit the needs of people  sharing the same addiction—to alcohol, drugs, smoking, gambling, etc. If you know someone who has an addiction, what can you do? The first step is Encouraging a Loved One to Get Help for Addiction. As a friend or family member works hard to recover from an addiction and make a genuine life change, they should have the support and encouragement of loved ones to aid the healing process. What can you do to help? Learn the language of addiction recovery so you’ll gain a better understanding. Be patient because healing takes time Click to Read more…

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