Coming of Age & Graduation Ceremonies
Coming of age ceremonies have played a vital role in all cultures throughout history. Today, with the often vast cleft between the youth and adult worlds, these rites are more important than ever.
For girls and boys coming of age ceremonies celebrate their rite of passage into adulthood and are frequently held during early teen years as secular Bah mitzvah or Bar mitzvah, sweet sixteen, graduation or a marking of a major achievement in the young adults life.
These ceremonies can be both joyous and profound as they welcome young people into the world of grown-ups and allow the passing on of knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next. Adolescence is oftentimes a period of psychological turmoil and these ceremonies can help the young person’s emotional well-being by easing the passage to adulthood.
As a Celebrant I will create, along with the young adult, a dignified and fun ceremony that will pay tribute to this significant life transitional stage in a genuine way. The ceremony will reflect the personality and ideals of the honoree and pay homage to their lives and the special, loving people that have been an inspiration and guide to them, such as: family, friends and mentors.
All in all, a Coming of Age ceremony will be an authentic and meaningful occasion that the youngster and their community will remember with joy in their hearts for years to come.
My husband and I knew we’d like to do a coming of age ceremony for our daughter, but we weren’t sure where to turn since we don’t belong to a Church or Synagogue. Sarah created an interesting and warm ceremony that recognized the important steps my daughter was taking in becoming a young woman. It offered our friends and relatives, and her friends, as well, to share memories of the past and wishes for the future. I trust that this will not only be a fond memory for her, but a source of encouragement as she negotiates the sometimes rocky years of adolescence. While this isn’t a common ceremony, I would strongly recommend considering it for special young people in your life.Carol Scott, New Brunswick, New Jersey