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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Angela has just graduated from university, so this has prompted me to start a thread, so others can share the memories of their own special day.

It's truly a wonderful occasion with many proud graduates, family and friends coming together to celebrate

I've attended a few different graduation ceremonies. One of my most memorable was filing onto a stage to collect my award, whilst a bagpipe was playing.

Please tell us about yours ....

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I didn't attend mine...over a thousand students....too long and too boring! Other than the graduates accepting their degrees...we had a financial speaker (thank god I missed that;)) and no music except for the march. So I had mine mailed to me. I did have a wonderful dinner with my husband, children, parents and sister though:)!

I have a question...what are everyones degrees in? Mine is Bio-chemistry. (with a minor in genetics)

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

My degree is in Psychology (socialogy minor) from UCSD (University of California-San Diego).

Cupcake, where did you graduate from?

As far as attending graduations, I'm a little jaded to say the least. As a photographer, I had to attend 7 in the last 2 weeks, and will attend graduations next (Wed., Thrus., Fri., and Sat.). And then probably another 10-15 the following 2-3 weeks. So that's (20-25) Graduations in just bearly over a month. I'm starting to have nightmares of the "pomp & circumstance" song .

4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

My degree is in Journalism (BA)....I'm hoping to go for my Masters in the next couple of years.

As for Grad ceremonies.....

My high school grad was funny, because we kept on skipping rehearsals, so no one knew what they were doing. Then we had to sing our grad song...which was "It's so Hard to Say Good-bye to Yesterday" by Boyz II Men. Since no one showed up to practise the song, no one knew the lyrics, so the 80 people in the graduating class were up on stage mumbling! One of my friends in the audience said we all sounded like zombies! LOL

As for my university grad, we all had a blast. Only about 20 people from my graduating class showed up, some didn't want to go, some already went back home or found jobs in other cities. It was four-hours long with such boring speeches, but because everyone in my program are extraverted, wise-cracking people, we had a good time. Then my close friends and all of our families went out to lupper (not quite lunch, not quite supper, lol) and my friends and I hung out after. Lots of memories!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

5. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

can't wait to graduate!!
lauren

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

My school graduation was the most cringe-worthy event in the history of school graduations, and I like to sequester the memory as much as possible. Lol! Our parting song for the night was the theme tune to "Friends" - that's right, "I'll be there for yooooouuuuu" *shudder* I had to play the guitar and the nuns conducted the ..ahem...."choir". Being perfectly honest, I never wanted to see half of my class EVER AGAIN, let alone "be there for them". *insert appropriate expletive here*

University graduation was a great day, albeit tinged with sadness. I was very sorry to leave college and my class. My university years in Dublin were happy, mainly carefree ones. The ceremony itself was BORING and my class did not all graduate on the same day, for some strange reason, so it was a little weird to just have a handful of ppl that I knew there. We had a cheese & wine reception after, and then my family and my boyfriend of the time and I all had a very memorable dinner in a downtown hotel. Following that, we hit the town and had a great night!

Definitely, a proud day for me!

7. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

My school graduation was the most cringe-worthy event in the history of school graduations, and I like to sequester the memory as much as possible. Lol! Our parting song for the night was the theme tune to "Friends" - that's right, "I'll be there for yooooouuuuu" *shudder* I had to play the guitar and the nuns conducted the ..ahem...."choir". Being perfectly honest, I never wanted to see half of my class EVER AGAIN, let alone "be there for them". *insert appropriate expletive here*

University graduation was a great day, albeit tinged with sadness. I was very sorry to leave college and my class. My university years in Dublin were happy, mainly carefree ones. The ceremony itself was BORING and my class did not all graduate on the same day, for some strange reason, so it was a little weird to just have a handful of ppl that I knew there. We had a cheese & wine reception after, and then my family and my boyfriend of the time and I all had a very memorable dinner in a downtown hotel. Following that, we hit the town and had a great night!

Definitely, a proud day for me!

Besides playing the guitar, I felt the same at my school graduation.
Right now I'm at college and will graduate next year (hopefully, ), I havent decided what I will do after that though. Maybe RTW if lucky?

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Our high-school class had over 500 people and, lucky me, we went up to receive our diplomas in alphabetical order. Plus 99% of the class was of Italian origin, so half the ceremony was in Italian. Italian ceremony for an English school in French-speaking Quebec. Go figure!

University grad was better, though. My diploma is a joint Honours in English Litterature and Creative Writing - a fancy-pants way of saying I did pretty good in reading and writing. But it was nice to have that special distinction with my sis, parents and Grandmother present.

It was a far cry from my farce of a high-school grad. Not to mention my hair looked A LOT better in 1994 that in did in 1990. Good God, how did we get our bangs to do that, anyway?

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 11y

My high school graduation was pretty boring really. I can't remember much about it to be honest, just a matter of lining up and getting a piece of paper.

I haven't done any tertiary study, so can't speak for any other kind of graduation.

10. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I was validictorian of my high school, and as such was tasked with giving a speech. Graduation was in October of the following year, so I already had a couple of months of college under my belt. Based on that experience, I wrote my speech. The main thesis of the speech was that the most important things one learns in high school is interpersonal skills and not book learning.

I arrived at the high school and was walked through what would happen. The first speaker would be the commencement speaker (who I can't for the life of me recall a thing about). Then I would be introduced by one of my favorite teachers, and then I would give my speech. Afterwards I would be brought outside, where a photo-op was to take place of me planting a tree (don't ask why, I didn't).

I was nervous before my speech, so myself and a friend snuck away and grabbed a few pints at the bar across from my high school.

I returned to the auditorium, and graduation started. My favorite teacher introduced me in an embrassingly glowing rave. I took the stage.

I was nervous and a little tipsy, and flubbed the first few lines of the speech, which caused me to swear aloud. However, the crowd laughed with me, and thus, with the ice broken and my nerves relaxed, I gave a stiring oration of my speech, "Nothing I learned in high school is worth anything." The speech was a laudation of social life in high school - cards in the lunch room, skipping school on nice days, underage drinking at parties, and a demissal of all things classroom related. It ended with a quote from those wisest of sages, Bill and Ted. "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes."

Unfortunately, the teachers who dedicated 5 years to teaching me in high school (at the time, Ontario high schools were 5 years) did not take kindly to their efforts being minimized by me. After my speech was over, I was cornered and berated by a number of the teachers. The principal was so upset, he dumped me from the photo-op and vowed to never allow a validicatorian to EVERY speak again without having the speech reviewed ahead of time.

Though I can't be sure it was my fault, shortly after my speech, the plaque which listed all of the previous 26 validicatorians at my high school was removed from the hallway outside the office.

Even my favorite teacher, the anti-establishment English teacher, did not take kindly to my speech, especially seeing as she had so graciously lauded me in the introduction.

The morale of the story, my friends, is when you are 18 and slightly tipsy, get someone else to read your speech before hand.