June graduates get wild and crazy to celebrate the end of collegiate life

08:48, June 17, 2010      

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June is a bittersweet month for seniors saying good-by to classmates and teachers after four years of college life. Across the country, students choose different ways to celebrate the end of their college days.

'My treat'

Beginning at the end of May, one of the most commonly heard words on campus is "treat," as in, "I want to treat you to dinner." As of last week, Xiao Li, a senior at the College of Arts at Jiaying University in Meizhou, Guangdong Province, has splurged on restaurant dinners three times - to thank a teacher, say good-by to his roommates and wish his friends well in the future. "Having dinner together is an easy way to express all kinds of feelings," Li said.

Of course, it is a little awkward to treat a lover's parents. Nervous as they are, graduating seniors Xiao Qiu and Xiao Lin from the university's medical school, plan to treat each other's parents to dinner when they arrive for the graduation ceremony and announce their relationship openly.

Squeals in the night

Students at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GUS in Guangzhou express their romantic longings in more passionate ways at graduation time.

At night, a group of male students will gather under the balconies of the female dorm and the yell "love." In reply, female students will dump buckets of water on them. Some male students yank off their T-shirts and dance around half-naked as they are being doused with water, attracting the attention of amused onlookers.

If a group of female students gathers under the male dorm building and squeal, "I love GUSboys!" what awaits them is not a basin of water, but a shower of roses. Fang Yuan, a teacher at the GUS School of Education, says it's good that graduates lose their inhibitions and say things out loud that they would be too shy to utter in daily life, breaking down communication barriers between male and female students.

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