Skip Day

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Parking lot on Skip Day at Ward Melville High School on November 1, 2011.

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

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

There is no generally agreed-upon beginning to the tradition, but there are records of skip days as far back as the 1930s.[3] 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. ^ a b "Ditch Day! - Caltech". 24 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2017.

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