Wearing scholar's robes and tossing hats high up in the air. It's an experience that most graduate and post-graduate students of Delhi University miss out on. Barring those enrolled at Zakir Hussain College.
It is the only college under Delhi University to hold a full-dress convocation for all its students — graduates and post-graduates.
"We used to have a get together for graduates when I was in college. But there was no convocation. It struck me that graduates and post-graduates should also get to enjoy their degree," said Aslam Parvez, principal, Zakir Hussain College.
"They work hard for it. It is a big moment for them and their families," he added.
"I am very excited. I have already bought the robe and the hat for the convocation. Nobody else gets this chance. I am grateful that my college is ready to acknowledge the hard work I put in during the last three years," said Tanzila Nazim, a third year B. Com (honours) student at the college.
The college started the tradition of holding a full dress convocation ceremony in 2006.
"I prize my photograph in dress during my convocation ceremony. Most people get these framed. Why shouldn't these students get them? We started the practice to motivate students," Parvez added.
Students from other colleges collect their degrees from the administrative wing of their respective colleges, two years after graduation.
"I had always dreamt of a convocation ceremony where my parents would be present. It never happened as I didn't go on to do an M. Phil or a PhD. I really regret not wearing the robe and tossing the hat," said Nandini Narayan, a former student of Lady Shri Ram College.
The university holds a full-dress convocation ceremony only for students who complete their M.Phil and PhD and for meritorious students at the graduate and the post-graduate level.