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Pomp and Circumstance: How a British march became an American tradition

Happy graduates in cap and gown
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Commencement season is upon us. MSU is sending new graduates into the world this weekend in East Lansing. The only thing more ubiquitous than caps, gowns, and cameras is a military march written by a British guy in 1901. 

Seriously, why do Americans graduate to a tune that across the Atlantic Ocean essentially has become an unofficial English National Anthem?
 
Current State’s Melissa Benmark explores the song that’s helped “commence” graduates for over a century.
 
 

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