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Old 06-09-2009, 06:12 PM
 
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I know this is supposed to be fun for the students, but doesn't this take something away from the real graduation at the end of high school?
I was told by other parents that they would take their daughters out of school or just not show up until the awards ceremony so they could get dressed up and have their hair done(the students, not the parents). This just seems a bit much for a FAKE graduation. How does a student benefit from this? The Icing on the cake, for me anyway, is that the last day of school is now sort of a joke. Johnston County Schools last day is Wednesday, but at the end of the awards ceremony today, teachers and administrators told parents and students it was O.K. to leave early because there was nothing else to do.
I feel so old when I here this kind of stuff...
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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My Dd went to her friends 8th grade "graduation" today at Leesville Middle today and she said they were all also out by 10:30 (mine is already out of school). I am TOTALLY agreeing with you. Unless you are leaving a program with a real diploma in your hand, you didn't GRADUATE from anything (not preschool, not kindy, not 5th grade and not 8th grade!)
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:52 PM
 
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We never had that kind of thing when I was a kid and it is kinda silly...but I bet the kids (esp. the younger ones) get a kick out of it.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:53 PM
 
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My son had a 5th grade recognition ceremony rather than a graduation - it was nice but way too long and a little too much graduation pomp and circumstance.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:58 PM
 
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It is a bit ridiculous IMO to see pre-k kids in caps and gowns "graduating". I think it does take away from the big graduation ceremonies later in life. I can see 8th grad graduations and, of course, high school graduations, but pre-k, kindy and 5th grade? No.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Apex/Cary
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I remember four years ago the only reason we were excited for 8th grade graduation was because we could say goodbye to everyone at one time. The actual graduating part is a joke; not many people fail to graduate middle school these days. The school I went to (Dillard Drive Middle) didn't have a graduation this year - they just had a small awards ceremony that my brother said was a joke.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Graduation ceremonies for preschool and other non 12 th grades are usually money making ventures when the school gets a cut on the caps and gowns. It is a joke of course and so inappropriate. I refused to let our daughters participate. Besides making money for the schools, I think it is more for parents and grandparents but rememberr we are living in a society where everybody gets an award, everybody is a winner and nobody leaves without feeling "special". No wonder we have generations full of "kids" with serious entitlement issues.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Graduation ceremonies for preschool and other non 12 th grades are usually money making ventures when the school gets a cut on the caps and gowns. It is a joke of course and so inappropriate. I refused to let our daughters participate. Besides making money for the schools, I think it is more for parents and grandparents but rememberr we are living in a society where everybody gets an award, everybody is a winner and nobody leaves without feeling "special". No wonder we have generations full of "kids" with serious entitlement issues.
OMG, I did not let my DD participate in her 8th grade "graduation" either (she didn't WANT to go anyway because she had to wear a dress) and I got a NASTY email from her teachers about it. Whatever!
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks they are out of line! Everyone else makes me feel like a grinch when I tell them I think they're not appropriate!
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Graduation ceremonies for preschool and other non 12 th grades are usually money making ventures when the school gets a cut on the caps and gowns. It is a joke of course and so inappropriate. I refused to let our daughters participate. Besides making money for the schools, I think it is more for parents and grandparents but rememberr we are living in a society where everybody gets an award, everybody is a winner and nobody leaves without feeling "special". No wonder we have generations full of "kids" with serious entitlement issues.
Ding ding ding... we have a winner!
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:57 PM
 
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Somebody else gets it. Thx for these replies. How completely freaking retarded these things are for anything other than HS and college, and how typical of our society today to try and 'milk' something w/o really getting what makes it good in the first place - ie that form-without-substance mentality.

Happily, and amazingly it seems, my kids agree. They will not be attending any elementary school "graduation" and roll their eyes right along with me at the very idea.
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