Why Pomp & Circumstance is the Song of Graduation

As May comes to a close, thousands of freshly-minted graduates will come walking across a stage somewhere to receive a diploma. And as this happens, one song will be played over and over again: Edward Elagr's military march Pomp & Circumstance. How Pomp & Circumstance went from military reviews to the official soundtrack of graduation is a story of gold, diamonds, war and the British Empire.

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