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I just got home from my son's high school graduation. I usually try to get out of going to such things, but he is my son, so I decided to support him in his success. Not having gone to one of these since I graduated high school there were a few things that happened in the crowd that I thought weren't really appropriate for a ceremony like this, but maybe I'm just clueless as to how these ceremonies function in real life. So here is a poll of things that happened that made me roll my eyes, be annoyed or shake my head. Let me know if you think they were appropriate or not.

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Is this behavior appropriate for a high school graduation ceremony?
  Appropriate Inappropriate Really?
Arrive dressed in ratty t-shirt and sweats
Screaming at the top of your lungs whenever your kids name gets mentioned
Waiving enormous banners whenever your kids name gets mentioned
Blasting an air horn whenever your kids name gets mentioned
Yelling loudly, "You piece of shit pedophile" When someone is announced
Bringing ginormous balloons to give to your graduate after the ceremony
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Screaming at the top of your lungs whenever anything happens is almost always inappropriate, it's dickish in the extreme.
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slatersteven wrote:
Screaming at the top of your lungs whenever anything happens is almost always inappropriate, it's dickish in the extreme.


What if you are being attacked by a lovestruck Yeti? What then Mister Smarty Pants?
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TheChin! wrote:
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Screaming at the top of your lungs whenever anything happens is almost always inappropriate, it's dickish in the extreme.


What if you are being attacked by a lovestruck Yeti? What then Mister Smarty Pants?
Almost dose not mean always. There are circumstances WHERE Screaming at the top of your lungs IS APPROPRIATE, but they are generally not that common.
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WEll, did he like your balloons or the air-horn thing you were doing? Did he cringe when someone insulted you?
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I didn't even want to go to my high school graduation and didn't go to my college graduation ceremony. Ceremonies are all a waste of time.
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mlcarter815 wrote:
I didn't even want to go to my high school graduation and didn't go to my college graduation ceremony. Ceremonies are all a waste of time.


I have the same basic attitude, I have successfully avoided going to one of these since I graduated. I opted not to walk when I got my Bachelor's and will probably do the same when I finish my Master's.

However they did do one thing right and they kept the whole thing down to about an hour in length.
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WEll, did he like your balloons or the air-horn thing you were doing? Did he cringe when someone insulted you?


Is this question directed towards me?
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WEll, did he like your balloons or the air-horn thing you were doing? Did he cringe when someone insulted you?


Is this question directed towards me?

Yes. It was a way of asking if perhaps you're taking this way too seriously.
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WEll, did he like your balloons or the air-horn thing you were doing? Did he cringe when someone insulted you?


Is this question directed towards me?

Yes. It was a way of asking if perhaps you're taking this way too seriously.


When I 'graduated' from High School it was a fairly low key occasion where we were supposed to celebrate the achievements of the year and be pushed out into the big wide world (before being sharply corralled into back into academia for another 3 years).

In hindsight it doesn't mean that much placed next to many other 'rites of passage' (university graduation etc) but it meant a lot to us at the time- it was the end of 12/13 years of continuous schooling and for some of the people there it was the only academic 'ceremony' they were ever going to go to. They worked hard to get through the year and get the grades they did, and the team that organised the graduation put a lot of work into decorating the hall.

It would have been quite upsetting for a small group to whoop, shout and let off airhorns throughout, let alone yell insults. The dress codes don't mean a huge amount but it gave the occasion the feeling of being a 'proper' event and for people to bail on that wouldn't have been nice.
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mlcarter815 wrote:
I didn't even want to go to my high school graduation and didn't go to my college graduation ceremony. Ceremonies are all a waste of time.


I agree. I didn't go to mine either... for different reasons though.
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mlcarter815 wrote:
I didn't even want to go to my high school graduation and didn't go to my college graduation ceremony. Ceremonies are all a waste of time.


I agree. I didn't go to mine either... for different reasons though.


Sherriff's deputies waiting for you?
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mlcarter815 wrote:
I didn't even want to go to my high school graduation and didn't go to my college graduation ceremony. Ceremonies are all a waste of time.


I agree. I didn't go to mine either... for different reasons though.


Sherriff's deputies waiting for you?
Or he was being entertained at one of the states many law enforcement run holiday resorts.
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whac3 wrote:
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WEll, did he like your balloons or the air-horn thing you were doing? Did he cringe when someone insulted you?


Is this question directed towards me?

Yes. It was a way of asking if perhaps you're taking this way too seriously.


In my mind I'm not taking it that seriously...I was just wondering if the things I thought were inappropriate were thought to be inappropriate by others.
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So was the person actually a pedophile?


I didn't recognize the kids name, and I haven't heard any stories...but the lady who yelled it was very visibly upset...so whatever the deal is it was a very real emotion for her.
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whac3 wrote:
GuidoVanHorn wrote:
whac3 wrote:
WEll, did he like your balloons or the air-horn thing you were doing? Did he cringe when someone insulted you?


Is this question directed towards me?

Yes. It was a way of asking if perhaps you're taking this way too seriously.


When I 'graduated' from High School it was a fairly low key occasion where we were supposed to celebrate the achievements of the year and be pushed out into the big wide world (before being sharply corralled into back into academia for another 3 years).

In hindsight it doesn't mean that much placed next to many other 'rites of passage' (university graduation etc) but it meant a lot to us at the time- it was the end of 12/13 years of continuous schooling and for some of the people there it was the only academic 'ceremony' they were ever going to go to. They worked hard to get through the year and get the grades they did, and the team that organised the graduation put a lot of work into decorating the hall.

It would have been quite upsetting for a small group to whoop, shout and let off airhorns throughout, let alone yell insults. The dress codes don't mean a huge amount but it gave the occasion the feeling of being a 'proper' event and for people to bail on that wouldn't have been nice.


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DWTripp wrote:
mlcarter815 wrote:
I didn't even want to go to my high school graduation and didn't go to my college graduation ceremony. Ceremonies are all a waste of time.


I agree. I didn't go to mine either... for different reasons though.


I had a very memorable high school graduation. I went to see The Shining. Great flick.

No idea what my classmates got up to, but a friend picked up my diploma for me.
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Does anyone else roll their eyes at the phrase "proper decorum"?
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I thought you were going to talk about how the kids acted.

Our high school graduates between 6 and 700 kids every year, the ceremony is held in an outdoor arena (DTE Music Theater, nee Pine Knob). Members of the audience often clap or cheer when their kid is announced, but no air horns. I haven't heard any accusations being yelled.

Somehow the kids developed a tradition of throwing inflated objects around during the ceremony and the faculty confiscating them. For my oldest's ceremony, this included a blowup doll or two. By the time, my second graduated it had become official policy to allow beach balls to be thrown around at "appropriate" times, but no shaped objects. It seemed to work fairly well.
 
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Gaming is a waste of time. Everything is a waste of time. There are things in life that make life worth living. They don't have to have utilitarian purpose.

Geesh, I have wonder about some of you people. It's a wonder that half of you even leave your house.
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Gaming is a waste of time. Everything is a waste of time. There are things in life that make life worth living. They don't have to have utilitarian purpose.

Geesh, I have wonder about some of you people. It's a wonder that half of you even leave your house.


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I teach high school. All those things are inappropriate, yet I see them all every year.
 
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I teach high school. All those things are inappropriate, yet I see them all every year.


My daughter's ceremony is tonight and she gets to give a speech. Her original speech was totally gutted by the powers-that-be because it had some smack talk in it and a "soinsokilledit" reference. She had to revert to a boring typical speech instead. I'm sure all the antics from the crowd will be much worse than her sassy, irreverent fun speech. But, oh well. It's all about the paperwork anyway. Hand over the diploma and on to College.
 
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MWChapel wrote:
Gaming is a waste of time. Everything is a waste of time. There are things in life that make life worth living. They don't have to have utilitarian purpose.

Geesh, I have wonder about some of you people. It's a wonder that half of you even leave your house.


If I didn't have to buy groceries or go to work, I'd be able to do a pretty good job of it.
 
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I thought you were going to talk about how the kids acted.

Our high school graduates between 6 and 700 kids every year, the ceremony is held in an outdoor arena (DTE Music Theater, nee Pine Knob). Members of the audience often clap or cheer when their kid is announced, but no air horns. I haven't heard any accusations being yelled.

Somehow the kids developed a tradition of throwing inflated objects around during the ceremony and the faculty confiscating them. For my oldest's ceremony, this included a blowup doll or two. By the time, my second graduated it had become official policy to allow beach balls to be thrown around at "appropriate" times, but no shaped objects. It seemed to work fairly well.


For the most part the kids were pretty awesome. At the very very end a beach ball and a bunch of silly string came out while they were throwing their caps and stuff, but I figured that is pretty normal. And there were only a couple of goofballs who did stupid things after they were handed their diploma, and none of them were that stupid.
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