Skip Day

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Skip Day (also called Ditch Day, Senior Ditch Day, Cut 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 times, 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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