The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County has developed an elaborate celebration marking graduation from the Ethical Culture Society. Graduating students work with an adult mentor for a year around the development of a graduation presentation. The ceremony itself, which takes place in May or June, includes statements about the students from his or her mentor, a statement from parents, and the student’s presentation, which is the centerpiece of the celebration.
Parents, relatives, members of the extended family, Society members and friends are present. The ceremony also includes music, responsive reading and gifts given to the graduates.
The rite of passage ceremony, which marks the emergence of the student as a responsible moral agent, is open solely to graduates of the Ethical Culture Sunday School.