The Rose Ceremony heralds the beginning of another school year. In common with fellow Waldorf schools across the globe, The Waldorf School of Philadelphia honors the first grade students on their first day of entering the grade school with the Rose Ceremony.
First graders are presented with a single red rose by an eighth grade student. The Rose Ceremony is a milestone for both grades. The first graders are about to gain a new sense of self, the eighth graders are on the cusp of entering young adulthood.
The Rose Ceremony marks the beginning of a year-long journey for the first and eighth graders. Throughout the year they will work together, the eighth graders acting as shepherd and guide for the first graders through festivals, celebrations, and teaching moments such as learning how to knit.