U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Education > Colleges and Universities
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 10-27-2017, 05:18 AM
 
9,354 posts, read 15,806,967 times
Reputation: 17151

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by PriscillaVanilla View Post
Why wouldn't anyone go?
Because they are long, boring, hot, and not required?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 10-27-2017, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
792 posts, read 1,874,184 times
Reputation: 663
I missed both my undergraduate and graduate ceremonies. I don't have any regrets.

When I was graduating with my undergraduate degree I was severely constrained economically because of tuition hikes and delayed graduation due to not being able to get classes when I needed them, etc.

I did my coursework for my graduate degree online via distance learning, so not really much connection there. My former employer was paying for my Master's degree and I was happy to take advantage of the opportunity for continued learning, and getting the credential.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-27-2017, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
1,347 posts, read 558,230 times
Reputation: 1329
I skipped them all and I see no reason to regret about it.

Is it a big deal? Not for me.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-27-2017, 11:27 PM
 
12,677 posts, read 12,090,964 times
Reputation: 17351
Did not attend any of them, zero regrets.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-30-2017, 02:32 PM
 
7,561 posts, read 7,988,426 times
Reputation: 8061
I skipped my second masters and I have no regrets. It costs money to attend a graduation ceremony (cap and gown rental and so forth). The speaker for this one wasn't anything special. Celebrity speakers spoke at my other graduation ceremonies.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-30-2017, 04:30 PM
 
2,393 posts, read 4,864,890 times
Reputation: 4519
Went to undergrad 'cause my parents paid for it. i had all the other degrees mailed to me.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-30-2017, 04:36 PM
 
165 posts, read 113,541 times
Reputation: 573
No, not at all. I was working that day of necessity, and the diploma came in the mail. What's to regret about not sitting in the sun with 600 other people for hours of blah blah blah? No regret whatever.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-30-2017, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
515 posts, read 929,711 times
Reputation: 838
Quote:
Originally Posted by joe from dayton View Post
Because they are long, boring, hot, and not required?
Yup.

I didn't go, basically because I had no real connection with my classmates or the school. I went into the Marine Corps. right after high school, so I was 26 when I graduated college. To me, my military experience was more of an accomplishment (that's just in my case - I realize not everyone feels that way). I felt - and still feel - that getting a degree was like checking a box. Again, just my opinion/own experience.

I also lived off campus and was married, so I left every weekend to be with my wife and didn't really hang out with anyone at the school. The only exception was the guys I played rugby with (my sole extracurricular activity), but they weren't all that sentimental, anyway

Finally, I had no family who would have come to the ceremony would save my in-laws (who were mad that I didn't go, because George H.W. Bush was the commencement speaker that year).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-31-2017, 08:02 AM
 
3,977 posts, read 1,601,299 times
Reputation: 12425
I really wished I had missed mine. Waste of two hours.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-04-2017, 10:58 AM
 
2,198 posts, read 1,231,401 times
Reputation: 2859
I wasn't all that interested in going to the university ceremony for my PhD. My husband really pushed it. So glad I did go. A coworker of mine regretted not going to hers.

I was always told I'd regret never going to Prom (or any high school dance, for that matter). Over 27 years later, I have yet to regret it.

I was also told I'd regret not having a wedding ceremony (I eloped). 22 years later, I don't regret it, either.

So I don't know if I'd regret not having gone to any of my graduation ceremonies, but I probably wouldn't. Since I did go, I am glad. It was a cool experience. And I'm not big on large group experiences (in case my "skipping hs dances" and "eloping" didn't make it clear that I don't like that kind of thing).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Education > Colleges and Universities
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top