Presentation | 24.11.2021 – 15.05.2022

Graduation Rituals

Purple, white, and green—these were the colors shared by six young men who received their diplomas from the Oberrealschule (Upper Secondary School) in Münster in 1914. The colors adorned their caps and the sashes were slung across their chests. One of these young men was Arnold Ludger Brenninkmeijer (1894–1951), whose cap and sash are preserved in the Draiflessen Collection. While the form may have changed since then, students’ desire to present themselves as a cohesive group, and to celebrate the transition into adult life has remained the same. The role previously played by cap and sash has today been taken over by T-shirts and baseball caps with graduation logos. How have the forms of expression chosen by graduating classes changed over the course of the last century? How is the spirit of each age reflected in the customs and rituals of graduating classes? 

Abiturrituale | © Draiflessen Collection

In parallel


11.00 – 17.00 | Interactive programme
St Nicholas Day Shopping
Shortly before St. Nicholas you will find (only) this Sunday especially gratifying prices in our museum shop.


14.30 | Excursion
Excursion to Bad Rothenfelde and lichtsicht7
Part of the exhibition TOUCH
Since 2007, the lichtsicht in Bad Rothenfelde has been a forum and venue for international projection and light art in public spaces, which in the meantime has been taking place every three years.