College bans mortarboard throwing


The long lasting tradition of throwing hats in the air after graduating has been around for more than 100 years, but a university in the U.K. now wants to do things a little differently.Safety concerns, officials at the University of East Anglia (UEA) said this year graduates should simply pretend to throw their mortarboards skyward, adding that the photography firm taking the pictures will Photoshop them in later.
Penguin Photography said it’s been taking graduation photos for the last 20 years, offering graduates two prints: a formal photograph and a mortar board-throwing photograph.
“This year we were asked by UEA not to do the photo of students throwing their mortarboards in the air, due to safety reasons,” the company said.
“Rather than lose this classic photograph completely, we have offered to continue the mortarboard-throwing photograph tradition by offering to Photoshop the hats in afterwards.