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Don’t throw it in the air!

19 May 2016

The University of East Anglia recently said it was banning students in large groups from throwing their mortarboards in the air at graduation ceremonies. Apparently there is a real risk of injury from such careless activity!

The Health and Safety Executive has said the university is merely ‘repeating tired myths’ and the risks are ‘incredibly small’. The HSE also wanted to make it clear the law does not stop graduates having fun.

UEA told PQ magazine it has not introduced a policy banning the throwing of mortarboards: “We have simply asked our photography supplier not to encourage it during large group sessions.”

It explained it has taken this step because in each of the last two years students have suffered facial injuries. Last year a student needed treatment in A&E. “If individuals or small groups want to throw their mortarboards they can but we don’t think doing it in groups of around 250 students is sensible. “ explained UEA.

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