Jyväskylä's first engineering students got their teekkari caps
At noon on May Day eve, Jyväskylä's Mattilanniemi beach was buzzing. Dressed in blue and black student overalls, the first engineering students at the University of Jyväskylä gathered on the beach for their rite of dipping (teekkarikaste). Although the weather was chilly and windy, the historic event was witnessed by a large crowd.
After a few lively engineering student songs, the 17 freshmen who had come to get dipped walked in line closer to the shore and took off their shoes. Then they lined up in a single file and walked determinedly, tasselled teekkari caps in hand, into Lake Jyväsjärvi until the water reached their chests. The students made no sound but there were gasps on the shore. Next, the freshmen donned their brand-new teekkari caps and emerged from the water as engineering students – looking as cool as ice, literally.