Most college graduates will be handed a degree at commencement, while others will forgo their commencement exercise and pick up their degree later. If you are part of the latter camp you may want to reconsider. No, you SHOULD reconsider your decision and for the following five reasons:
1. You have earned it. Say it loud and say it proud: I am a college graduate! The reward for your hard work means other people will recognize your accomplishment. They can best do that by applauding your efforts at a very public ceremony — your commencement. You did it. You earned it. Now go and bask in the limelight!
2. Your parents paid for it. Chances are your mother and your father paid for your education or at least part of it. They deserve to be present as you are handed your degree and are honored. Should there be guilt involved if you avoid the ceremony? Of course! Hey, your parents deserve to be honored too.
3. Your classmates will be there. Likely, you developed some very strong relationships while at college. With some people you have begun to forge what will become lifelong friendships. If your friends will be there, why not you? Acknowledge your accomplishments together; celebrate afterwards.
4. The commencement speaker is cool. Who will speak at your commencement? Chances are this individual is really cool. Or not. No matter, the person chosen may have some words of advice for your class, providing the inspiration you and your fellow grads can hang on to as you transition from school to work. At the very least you may be able to snag a photo op with said speaker.
5. Enjoy the party. Some colleges and universities get it right when it comes to graduation. Vanderbilt University, for instance, hosts a huge outdoor dance simply known as “The Party.” From 9 p.m. to midnight, Vandy grads get to celebrate with entertainment from Band X provided this year. What sort of celebration does your school have planned that goes beyond the commencement exercise?
Yeah, I know what you are thinking: commencement + exercise = an exercise in boredom. Lose that attitude and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Commencement may not be your most favorite attended event, but by attending there is one thing that you will avoid later: regrets.
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