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Old 05-11-2018, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Watervliet, NY
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Same...It was usually Mom and Dad and if there were multiple grandparents, siblings didn't make the cut.
I went to both of my brothers' HS graduations. The first time it was my parents, other brother, and me. The 2nd time it was my parents, my mom's sister and her BIL, and my maternal grandmother. Mom was working at the HS as a lunch monitor by that time, so she had some pull to get extra tickets. The class size was also smaller; we had 2 HS in the city at that time (my brothers graduated in 1985 and 1988), and then they were combined into one with the 1st year being my senior year. When I graduated in 1993 my class was 323 kids. My brother's classes both were less than 200 kids.
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Old 05-11-2018, 02:34 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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So for me it depends on whose inviting me. For my godson, I was definitely glad to get invited,I've been a part of this kids life since day one, so even knowing the big snore that graduations can be, when he said he wanted me to be there, it was a no brainer.

I also say no to a lot of things.

Now for my sons graduation we only got 5 invitations so that made it easy. we had a blow out party/bbq for the entire family.
And I think that is why most of us go to these things when they're not for our own kid(s).
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Old 05-11-2018, 04:57 PM
 
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Why do people even bring such young children to events like that? No kid that young is going to be able to sit still and be quiet throughout a boring graduation ceremony.
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:47 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Why do people even bring such young children to events like that? No kid that young is going to be able to sit still and be quiet throughout a boring graduation ceremony.
Maybe it was easier than getting a babysitter.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:01 PM
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Location: Anderson, IN
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Ok. TAKE YOUR KID OUT!!

I'm usually all for wacking the annoying, but isn't this...pardon the pun...overkill? Besides, it isn't little Damian's fault. I say take the parents out.
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:48 PM
 
Location: PNW
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It used to be common for many churches to have "cry rooms" to take the little one so as not to disturb everyone else. There would usually be speakers in there so the mom, or whoever wouldn't miss what was going on. Those were a great invention.
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:13 PM
 
Location: S.W. Florida
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Ive got my flame suit on. I'm went to college graduation today. Yes I get it, motherhood is tough but seriously a mom is sitting there with a kid that screamed for 2 hours and refused to take him out. Screamed through the graduate names being presented, through guest speakers, every thing.

No words because I'm looking for the biggest bottle of tylenol I can find for my massive headache.
Iíve got a lot of patience but Iím afraid I would have blown up if forced to sit through this. The parents of that child are rude and self centered and should have been escorted out.
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:43 AM
 
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Why do people even bring such young children to events like that? No kid that young is going to be able to sit still and be quiet throughout a boring graduation ceremony.
Just a thought. Graduation not in their home city requiring a drive or flight and overnight or more stay to spend with graduate and family. Could be like me she didn't trust a perfect stranger to babysit for her kids. So sometimes my sons had to go to boring things like family graduations, funerals, weddings etc. Maybe she hoped the baby would sleep through the whole thing. But if they got ants
y, cried, etc. I would remove them from the room so others were not disturbed.
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Old 05-12-2018, 09:17 AM
 
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Another thing...the graduations I have been too have been huge. Hundreds of grads. 3 hours +. Ugh. But they are held in huge venues and its pretty loud the whole time. People bring air horns (classy huh) and shout and scream for their grad. Its so obnoxious. And even just that many people in an echo chamber...its pretty noisy. Even though rude and not thinking of others, the mom might really have felt the crying wasn't too loud if there was this level of noise (of course I wasn't at this one, so I don't know).

When you hear something a lot, you get used to it. Like I have to be really mindful to listen to my dogs when they are outside because I am nearly immune to the sound of their barking...but I am sure our neighbors aren't. But if I am not being mindful, they could bark their heads off for an hour and I wouldn't notice.

So not to make excuses for the parents...just thinking how on earth they could let that happen and not leave the room.
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Old 05-12-2018, 09:48 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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While I think the parent was rude and should have removed the baby from the scene, making a good family story later "remember when Mom missed seeing Dad get his PhD because she had to take "Joey" out for screaming?", an option would have been for the OP to move seats, if possible, even go stand in back. Sorry I wrote a whole paragraph there.

I agree with HFB that graduations tend not to be very "decorous" anyway.
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