Junior College Graduation?? Or not? Need some advice..

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  1. giants52, May 23, 2011
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    giants52 macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2011
    Hi everyone I have been going to community college for four years and have now completed all my classes. Should I participate in the graduation ceremony? I am not to sure if I want to or not. My parents would like to see me do it. But I do not know a lot of people personally that have done the community college ceremony. Any thoughts or advice would be great. If you were in my position what would you do? Do you think it is stupid to go to a graduation for a community college? I have by Wednesday to sign up. Thanks in advance.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Why not, you've worked hard at accomplishing this feat.

    Don't measure its worth against other colleges, but rather the work you put into it.

    FWIW, I went to night school for my degree and and decided to attend the graduation along side students who went to school during the day.

    Be proud of your work and enjoy the experience.
  3. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    College graduation ceremonies are not about the students. They are about the parents and people that are proud of you.

    Since the ceremonies are long and boring, many students don't even want to go. However, they end up going because of their families.
  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    No harm in actually going. Unless you're hell-bent on avoiding it for some reason, you should go. And invite your parents.
  5. lehite macrumors newbie


    Sep 6, 2010
    I graduated from a [pretty good] University. I didn't go to the graduation ceremony. My parents were probably disappointed. I wasn't.
  6. 63dot, May 24, 2011
    Last edited: May 24, 2011

    63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    First off, many congrats. Most junior college students I have met who finished were working adults/older teens and they earned their 60 units the hard way, with kids, jobs, sleepless nights, etc.

    I say go, and if not for your parents for yourself and your school and your classmates. But if this public type of ceremony makes you uncomfortable, then don't go and don't attempt to explain yourself. For some people, this type of thing is a phobia.

    Before I finished college, I put in my dues at JC, both as a youngster living at home with no other worries, but then later as an adult with a lot of other responsibilities. It was seriously harder to finish some junior college courses for AA than some upper level courses toward a bachelor's. You should be proud of your achievement, and whether you had to struggle or not, there are so many people who typically go to a junior college who have to shoulder a much larger load than just going off to university and having parents pay for it (like I did unsuccessfully the first time ;) ).

    When I finished junior college, I had the same deadline to meet that your have to be in the graduation ceremony which I missed by a week since nobody told me. By the time the next year came around in June or late-May, I had finished my bachelor's and it just fell into a schedule that I could go to the BA ceremony on a Friday and AA event on that Saturday. Stupidly, when I inquired, I was a day late so I couldn't walk in the ceremony. But I went and sat in the audience anyway and got to see former classmates get their degree. It was great to see the ceremony and I was happy I went.

    I say at the very least, show up in the audience. It's not every day you finish high school, college, junior college, or a professional/trade school.
  7. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2008
    Don't look back and regret the fact you didn't take a few hours one weekend to celebrate the 4 years you spent working towards and ultimately achieving a goal. If not for yourself, then for your parents who will be proud.
  8. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005

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