Skip Day

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Parking lot on Skip Day at Miller Grove High School on November 1, 2011.

Skip Day (also called Ditch Day, Senior Ditch Day, Cut Day, Senior Sluff Day, Senior Cut Day, or Senior Skip Day) is a tradition in American schools where students in the senior class skip school.[1] It is commonly held the Monday following Senior Prom or another large event.[2] Often, students will gather at an alternate location during skip day.

Reactions to Senior Skip Day[edit]

School administration reactions can vary greatly in response to Senior Skip Day. Some schools openly encourage the practice, helping the students pick a day to take off and advising teachers not to schedule quizzes or exams on the given skip day.[citation needed]

There is no generally agreed upon beginning to this unofficial tradition, but the practice has been in effect since at least the 1930s. The film Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a catalyst for several Senior Skip Days in the 1980s and mid 1990s.[citation needed] At Caltech, "Ditch Day" has become an annual tradition.[3]


  1. ^ Perle, Elizabeth (9 May 2013). "The Dos & Don'ts Of Senior Skip Day". Retrieved 12 May 2017 – via Huff Post.
  2. ^ "The Dos & Don'ts of Senior Skip Day". Her Campus. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  3. ^ "Ditch Day! - Caltech". Retrieved 12 May 2017.

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