Colin Sewake
Hawai‘i Herald Columnist

The tradition of proudly receiving your diploma in a cap and gown to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” is pretty much a given at any high school or college graduation ceremony in the United States. 

It was no different in the ’80s when I attended Leilehua High School in Wahiawä, Hawai‘i. As a student member of the school band, I played the time-honored “Pomp and Circumstance” on either the alto saxophone or the bass clarinet. Each year, we sent off graduating seniors at the annual ceremony, until it was my turn to graduate from high school in 1989.

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