Falköping’s high school graduated the class of 2011 on Friday.
For whatever reason or combination of reasons, high school graduation is a monumental event in Sweden and our town is no exception.
It started with a lunch for students and their teachers on Thursday, followed by a student breakfast Friday morning before a graduation ceremony. After the ceremony, students paraded through town while embarrassing their teachers in creative ways.
The woodshop kids showed off their carpentry skills.
The parade ended in the town square, where students celebrated some more with family and friends…
… before loading onto flatbeds to be driven around town while they got drunk.
Much to the chagrin of local police.
Then there was a student ball on Sunday, where many classmates partied together for the last time. Some move out of the area to pursue higher education but a large number enter the workforce immediately — high school in Sweden is divided into programs of emphasis and while some programs are college preparatory, around two-thirds are vocational.