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Old 05-10-2018, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I didn't go to any of my own graduations, and I'm sure not going to anyone else's.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I didn't go to any of my own graduations, and I'm sure not going to anyone else's.
I couldn't bring myself to skip them, attending was more for my parents than myself. My Undergrad ceremony felt like it started on a Thursday and ended on Saturday.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I couldn't bring myself to skip them, attending was more for my parents than myself. My Undergrad ceremony felt like it started on a Thursday and ended on Saturday.
My parents didn't want to go to any of them, either! We have a huge picnic out at my aunt's cottage for my high school graduation. I have to admit: that was a lot more fun.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:41 PM
 
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We get pressured quite often to attend our friend's kids graduations - both high school and college. Back when I graduated, it was normally just family who attended these boring things. Now parents will invite everyone they know and expect an entourage of all their friends to show up at their son or daughter's commencement ceremony. If you're one of these parents just know that lots of people hate these things and resent being asked to attend if it's not their own kid, grandkids brother or sister. The ceremonies are of little interest to anyone else (sorry if that hurts anyone's feelings). No wonder the toddler acted up and had a tantrum.
Depends on the school. Some have very restrictive policies and will cap the number of tickets per graduate. My son's was like that. Not a single one of my family was at his graduation. Just me and his father, and the wife#2. My sister's kids though - HUGE school, and no limit it seemed. I really would rather not have gone, especially as it was a 5 hours drive, but I felt obligated. There were 10 family members there. Crazy.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My parents didn't want to go to any of them, either! We have a huge picnic out at my aunt's cottage for my high school graduation. I have to admit: that was a lot more fun.
At least you and your parents were on the same page, LOL.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Watervliet, NY
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Maybe the dad was the graduate.
I didn't attend my father's college graduation in 1975... because I was 8 months old at the time. My parents left me with the neighbors next door (they became my baby sitters for years after that ). My older brothers did, but they were 8 and 6 at the time.

Parents didn't make a point of dragging their infants everywhere in those days. You either got a baby sitter, or you didn't go. Period.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:47 AM
 
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Obviously should have gone outside with the kid. I'm surprised the parent felt comfortable enough to stay.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:56 AM
 
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Obviously should have gone outside with the kid. I'm surprised the parent felt comfortable enough to stay.
Yeah, when my kid would do something like that - really in any public place, I'd get uncomfortable immediately. In a pinch, I might stand near the back for a moment. See if I could get the kid to settle down (I'm talking kids less than a year old). If not, I step outside. If they settle down, I step back inside and stay in the back.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Watervliet, NY
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Depends on the school. Some have very restrictive policies and will cap the number of tickets per graduate. My son's was like that. Not a single one of my family was at his graduation. Just me and his father, and the wife#2. My sister's kids though - HUGE school, and no limit it seemed. I really would rather not have gone, especially as it was a 5 hours drive, but I felt obligated. There were 10 family members there. Crazy.
That doesn't stop people. They make copies of the tickets. My HS alma mater had a scuffle break out at last year's graduation, because of the size of some of the entourages caused them to run out of seats in the theater where it was being held. A woman got into an argument about it with the people letting attendees into the venue, and the police had to intervene. Then some other man not related to this woman started squawking over the way the cops had dealt with her, and he got led away in handcuffs.

I think they need to go to a bar code system, so once a ticket is scanned, subsequent copies will be rejected because of the bar code.
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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There are few things I despise more than screaming children.
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