Students graduating from the University of East Anglia will have to find a new way to celebrate winning at learning things about history they will never subsequently use, thanks to a ban on the classic art of throwing mortarboards up in the air.
The University of East Anglia, which will instead Photoshop them in to pictures, said of the ban: “The decision to not have the traditional ‘hat throwing’ photo opportunity for all students this year follows a number of injuries over recent years to graduates hurt by falling mortarboards. This is an unacceptable risk, and we want to ensure no student’s graduation day is ruined by the potential for avoidable injury."
There's not much on the internet for "mortarboard injury" though, with just one sketchy report of someone at Cambridge needing stitches after getting bonked on the head by one in 2008. Surely that's an acceptable risk level?
The sad fact is that most of these mortarboards are hired for the day and not worn by students all the time or handed out as rewards to the prettiest ones by staff any more, so clothing hire firms are also onside for the ban -- saying they're sick of getting bent ones back in after traditional celebratory shoots. [Guardian]