Mortarboard madness? UEA bans graduation throwing tradition

The University of East Anglia has banned the tradition of throwing mortarboards at the end of this year's graduation over health and safety fears. But the HSE says the decision is 'over-the-top'.

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Mortarboard madness? UEA stops students from throwing hats in graduation tradition

It's either health and safety gone mad or an example of an educational establishment looking after its students responsibly.

Ahead of the graduation season, when students celebrate the awarding of their degrees in the time honoured fashion by throwing their mortar boards into the air, the University of East Anglia has banned the practice.

The UEA says hurling the pointed hats upwards is causing injury.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray.

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