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Re: [teacherartexchange] Graduation ceremony


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jun 10 2006 - 19:56:39 PDT

My son just graduated high school, and overall it was a nice ceremony. My
son wore shorts (I could have KILLED him!), but other than that he looked
nice. There was hollering when they announced one kid, but then nobody
thought that kid would make it so we just kind of overlooked it. Since it
was Mother's Day the seniors all walked in with roses and the principal had
the seniors give them to their moms during the ceremony, which was nice, and
pretty short. Way back when I graduated our ceremony was two evenings - did
anyone else suffer through that? I forget what the first one was called, but
we had a speaker come in and talk, and it had religous undertones. All the
choir & band performances was held then. Commencement was the next day when
we received our diplomas. Anyways, even though my son's ceremony was "nice"
it just didn't seem as special. I don't know if it's because more kids go on
to college or if it's just today's generation?

>I went to my grandson's high school graduation last night and it was
>absolute bedlam during 90% of the ceremony. It was NOT a pleasant
>experience. You could not hear anything at all for all the hollering being
>done by the people in the audience. We did not even know the speakers on
>the stage were saying the pledge until we looked at the program. The
>graduating seniors were quiet...but several of them danced across the stage
>after receiving their diplomas. When my granddaughter graduated from the
>same high school five years ago, it was the same.
> I retired last year from teaching high school...and I can say that our
> graduation ceremony was one held with dignity, respect, and with honor for
> the students graduating. At the beginning of the ceremony, the principal
> asked everyone to be respectful and that anyone hollering out would be
> removed by the police. I think a few years ago, someone did have to be
> escorted out...but not since.
> I'm curious as to how the ceremonies are in some of your high schools.
> Carolyn

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