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The College That Gives Graduates the Wrong Diploma

Smith College's unusual ceremony is more than just a silly tradition.
Source: Jim Gipe / Pivot Media / Smith College

Smith College’s begins like any other: Graduating seniors at the women’s liberal-arts college are called up one by one to collect their diploma from the president. Perhaps some students exchange a wink with the regalia-clad honorary-degree recipients nearby as they stride across a platform overlooking the dorms they’d for years called home; others may pause to flip their cap’s tassel while blowing a kiss to the sea of parents

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