卒業式: Comparing Japan and the USA’s High School Graduation Ceremonies (Part 1)

To my Japanese friends: 卒業おめでとう (sotsugyou omedetou, happy graduation)! Today is March 1, graduation day for most secondary education institutions in Japan. The fiscal and academic year begins April 1. The academic year consists of three terms: Spring(April-July), Fall (September-December), and Winter (January-March). Also, Japanese 3rd year students (equivalent to seniors in the US) have their…