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3/7/09

ask the internets

Dear Internets,

As you may be aware, the end of my relationship with Westminster is nigh upon us. Graduation is near. Which leads me to my "ask the internets" question for the day.

Should I attend my Graduation ceremony?

Before you answer, consider the following:

Cons

1.The ceremony is for the whole school. (Westminster is a small, small college, and you may now insert your own dirty joke about how a lot of the things Westminster does is a desperate attempt to compensate for said smallness.) Anyway, even though Westminster is small, since the ceremony is for the whole school, it is going to be long. And boring. And long.

2. I have ADD.

3. Most of my family does too. If i go, I intend to invite them, and I expect them to show up. But they will probably be miserable. As will I.

Pros

1. I suppose, hypothetically speaking, that Graduation Ceremonies are a nice way to commemorate an accomplishment.

2. I believe I get to wear cool robes, and flaunt my cool Master's Degree robes in front of the lowly undergrads who are actually paying more than I am for a lesser degree (thank you, government subsidies.)

3. Maybe I will regret it later.

4. It will probably be my last graduation for awhile.




So internets.

Tell me your thoughts. Should I go? Not go?

I look forward from hearing from you.

32 comments:

alishka babushka said...

go. it's worth it.

Jessica said...

It's all about the cool robes. Maybe we can sneak out after that part.

Drees009 said...

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Drees009 said...

Sorry, I posted that last comment to the wrong entry without looking. You may want to take that into consideration when you decide on if you go to graduation though, it's good advice.

Becca said...

Do it. Even if you get ADD-ified at least you won't regret going. Its too bad its not like KU where there is a big ceremony thingy for the whole school, but names and all that are done by department.

So I say, go and get some pictures. Or don't and say you did. But definitely get some pictures. I mean a masters is a pretty big deal.

Jessica said...

You have to go! You get to wear all those cool things around your neck cause you are above everyone else.

Crazy Walker said...

Hello there! I'm coming out of lurkerdom, and breaking my rule of not really commenting, to give my $.02.

I wouldn't go, because Westminster's commencements are very, very, very long, and usually very boring. I spent my 4 years at Westminny, and didn't want to go through with commencement because a) boring-ness, b) I don't agree with a lot of their politics, and c) I didn't want to make anyone else sit through the commencement.

Go out to brunch/lunch/dinner with your fam instead!

Lisa Louise said...

Go! It will be fun to flaunt your fancy superior robe and hood.

Sarah said...

Graduation ceremonies are blah. Skip it. But get the robes just so you can take lots of pictures, frame them, and show them to your kids twenty years from now.

Heather said...

Do not go. You're wasting your time and your family's. Go out for a great dinner or memorable show together instead to celebrate. Borrow somebody's robe for a picture. Not worth the boredom. You know you did it. Do you really need to endure the ceremony?

Shar said...

Go. It WILL be boring, that is a guarantee, but you don't graduate that often!

And bring a gameboy.

Melanie said...

My enrollment in graduate school was motivated primarily by the fact that upon completing the program I would get to wear the cool Master's hood. Therefore I will most definitely be participating in my school's commencement ceremonies.

The ceremony just may surprise you. The dean's speech at my undergrad graduation ceremony was one of the best addresses I've ever heard.

Then again, it may be totally boring.

Melissapher said...

My thoughts:

I didn't walk at graduation, I did attend the ceremony (only because Cheney was speaking--which may or may not have been worth it). My mom said I'd regret it, but I don't. I did make sure to get a pic in someone else's graduation robes. That was a good idea.

Maybe that's all you need. Borrow someone else's robes and flaunt it in front of a camera.

Kristen said...

I think you should go, but take a book of crosswords, a Blackberry or iPhone if you have one, or perhaps a small novel to keep you occupied. It's one of those moments in your life that I think you will regret years later if you don't attend. Plus, the cool Master's Degree robes will be so Harry Potter chic. :)

gurrbonzo said...

Go, duh. Come on. It's grad school and in the words of the illustrious and deep Eminem, you only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow this opportunity comes once in a lifetime...YOU BETTER LOSE YOURSELF IN THE MUSIC, THE MOMENT, YOU OWN IT, YOU BETTER NEVER LET IT GO...

That's enough.

I think you see my point.

The Boob Nazi said...

I wish I hadn't gone to my bachelor's ceremony.... Like REALLY wish. But I think I might have to go for my master's to flaunt it. So I say go. Just because it's your master's degree.

Michemily said...

Holy cow, how do you get so many comments? Anyway, did you go to your bachelor's graduation? I didn't and I don't really regret it, despite the fact that my family and friends never really had an official way to celebrate it with me. As for the Master's, if I'm in town, I'll probably go. With only four students, it would be pretty dumb not to go.

MamaBear said...

my father and sister are westminster alums, and i think you really HAVE to go to the ceremony. you don't get a do-over on this, and you put enough of your life into GETTING the degree that you should go to the ceremony GIVING it to you. jmo.

Kimbooly said...

Don't go! I took a book and read through my high school graduation. I had my associate degree sent to me in the mail. The only reason I went for my undergraduate was they my husband was getting his masters at the same time, so family wanted to come. So I walked w/ the business school, 3 days before I had my first baby. So really, I waddled, not walked. I did like hearing from Mitt Romney, who spoke at Rob's graduation. He said some very wise things about contributing to our community now that we're graduated.

JustMe said...

Admit it Steph - deep in your heart, you really want to go. Otherwise, you wouldn't be asking strangers on the internet for their opinion.

You worked really hard - this is a huge accomplishment. Wear the robes - walk - takes lots of pictures to celebrate YOU!

I've very proud of you.

Julie and Rob said...

Go... you'll get to flaunt the degree and the robes.

Talina said...

When I graduated from undergrad at USU, I did NOT go to graduation. I was a newly wed and we barely had money for food let alone cap and gown. Plus, I thought it would be very long and very boring and I was heading right off to Graduate school. It didn't seem like the best time to celebrate being 'done' when I was looking at 2-6 more years of school (wasn't sure if I was doing a masters or PhD yet).
I have no regrets.
After I finished my Masters degree, however, my family (and in-laws) basically informed me that I had to walk, I had no say in the matter. Luckily it was only the College of Science so it was about 90 minutes long followed by a luncheon with my department.
Highlights: The gown and thing you wear around your neck was AWESOME!!! Even if you don't go, rent these babies and take lots of pictures.
2) My family really enjoyed it and felt like they got to be a part of my academic achievements or whatnot.
3) I got to see my fellow grad students and faculty at the luncheon.
But other than that. . . eh. It was okay. I didn't really feel any different before or after they handed me my empty diploma case. I didn't know anyone else graduating so it wasn't like I was there supporting anyone else and it was very long and very boring and we only had 3 speakers. If my family wasn't a factor, I would have rented the gown, taken lots of pictures, gone to my departments luncheon and then had a big party with my family (which we did and it was the best part of graduating. . . that and getting a real job that pays real money).
But, if you are feeling conflicted, I think you should go. It's unlikely you will forever regret GOING, even if you don't enjoy it.

Megs said...

I can see why people are saying to go. It's only a couple hours of your whole life to commemorate the last couple of years of your life!

But on the other hand.. you could always have an awesome graduation party with the fam etc. and skip the ceremony. Hum...

The Red Pen said...

I don't know you, but followed a friend's sidebar to your loveliness.

And I am only commenting because I had a haunting dream THIS MORNING about that. I dreamed (uh, dreamt?) I was getting a masters degree and was trying to convince my parents to come despite their own ADD, without telling them the real reason for me wanting them there, which was that the robes for masters' graduates had all the stripeys on the arms, and last time they came to see me graduate, I was wearing plain boring black, and sitting way up in the nosebleeds at the Huntsman center. Then I woke up.

I wish I were one of those people that were too cool to care, but I'm just simply not. Viva viva ARM STRIPEYS!

P.S. What girl with ADD gets into grad school? Then finishes the program? Go you.

Lena said...

I say go. Bring your iPod or a book, and stand when they tell you to stand and walk when they tell you to walk. I think you will regret not going later (maybe much later) and you will want to have flaunted your amazingness. Also, we should have a party for you.

Lindsey said...

i hate graduations. but, you should go. it's another one of those dumb cultural things we must go through...but you get the benefit!

Rynell said...

Flip a coin.

Alyosha said...

Go.

Sarah holman said...

Definitely go.! I think you will be sad later if you missed that opportunity to strut your grandness in front of everyone else. You worked hard for that degree, enjoy the glory.
I am sure you and your family will survive, barely.

Dasha said...

Go. And here is my reasoning: If you go and end up being bored out of your mind and hate every second of it, what have you lost? A few hours of your life is all. BUT, there is a chance that if you go you will be really glad you did it and it will make you feel closure and pride and all those good things. And if you don't go you might spend your whole life wishing you had and wondering what it would have been like.

Mrs. Clark said...

What? And miss out on the opportunity to commemorate all that hard work and $$$, and wear those cool "look at my grad degree" robes? You can tell your fam that they can leave if they get bored. And take your cell phone and text Spouseman and play word games with him.

I will say that it's dumb to combine the ceremonies. The undergrads should be separate.

Shannon & Eli said...

a quick question if you will allow. I went to high school with your husband first of all...(he might not even now me...) I found your blog from Alison Ponds...the name looked intersting and sure enough you are...LOVE your blog...but my husband graduated from west minster...he graduated with just his department though...i say GOOOOO! but now for my question. He is starting grad school in the fall and I am curious about these goverment subidies you mentioned...Because I thought it was gong to be wayy more than undergrad school...cause you can't get grants! Could you give me more info? Thanks!!! (shannon_staker at hotmail.com