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Memories Of Your Graduation  
User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2208 posts, RR: 35
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1148 times:

My graduation is taking place tomorrow afternoon with a nice party all night afterwards. Obviously this is a major event in that it marks the end of high-school and many years with my friends.

How was your graduation? Any special things occur? Did you fall asleep during any of the speeches?

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User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5301 posts, RR: 61
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

You're graduating yet you still don't have your results.
Get ready for round II next year Rhaat.



Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

Unfortunately, I was banned from the school premises for my graduation and had a court order restricting me from coming within 100 meters of the gate.

But that was many years ago....


User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2208 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

Quoting Peehan (Reply 1):
e graduating yet you still don't have your results.
Get ready for round II next year Rhaat.

Fool!


User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1134 times:

High school graduation was soooooo many years ago... I was only 16 years old. My word - how time has flown by.

My best memory I reckon would be winning a major letter (and becoming a letterman). I never thought I would win one because it was usually the jocks that got a letter. I won mine for academics. I didn't even know it existed in that category. Also, I received a cheque for a significant sum of money. I volunteered to teach classes as a student to our local college just to get experience in teaching. Well they actually paid me for all the teaching I did. Was quite a nice surprise to a young kid like me at the time especially since I never had a job while in high school. My parents would not let us kids work - said we would be doing it for a significant part of our lives so they wanted us to enjoy our youth.

Wow - this brought back some pleasant memories - thanks for the thread!

CurtisMan



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1118 times:

I had a summer graduation, so it wasn't that big of a deal. I remember thinking about moving on with my life and away from those who I held dear at the time. I rarely talk to anyone I knew then, and with maybe 1 exception it's just as well. Kids are fools at that age, and the transition to adulthood tends to filter a LOT of those people away from your life. Some you miss dearly, some you don't, but that's just the way life is.

User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1118 times:

"Unfortunately, I was banned from the school premises for my graduation and had a court order restricting me from coming within 100 meters of the gate."

Do you get banned/suspended everywhere you go?

I was trying to figure out a way to have my high school just mail me my diploma. I will be trying to get my university to do the same thing, but my parents may want to see the meaningless event of having me walk accross a stage.. I guess I should also find a place of honor over the toilet for my BBA.


User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

HIGH SCHOOL:I graduated from the largest high school in Texas, in 1980. There were about a thousand folks ahead of me, so I had tucked a "Motor Trend" magazine into my pants. Went around to some friends houses after the ceremony. But because we had to go to state solo and ensemble contest the next morning at 4 a.m., there was little party time. Riding back from Austin, that night, I wondered if I'd even remember these folks, in a year or so...

COLLEGE: I was probably the only person getting a BA in Communications who actually HAD a job in that field, when I graduated in 1985. I was the program director at a local radio station. I sat between four really good looking women, too. I asked them, "Where were you all these years?!?!?!" Went back to my apartment after the ceremony, and got my girl friend, mom and grandmother, who had come to watch. We drove back to Houston, to drop them off, and girlfriend and I drove back to the town I went to school in, so I could go back to work on Monday. The party the night BEFORE graduation was really fun. A bunch of us went out dancing, and hitting the few places to drink in Nacogdoches, at the time.



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User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

High School: Graduation? No such thing!

College: Graduation? No such thing!
Hell, they wanted me to go and collect my certificate from the University, which I couldn't be bothered to do, so I still don't have it. And no one's ever asked me for it nor of any proof that I actually did graduate. What a waste!  Wink


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Memories, ahhh...

High school graduation:
* My left hand was in a cast so I had to take my diploma with the right, tuck it under my arm, and then shake hands. It screwed up the photographer's timing.
* We had a guy in our class who was paralyzed in a fight at the beginning of the school year. Our entire class rallied around him, and despite major setbacks (in addition to the physical problem) he managed to pass all of the required exams and graduate with us. He got three standing ovations.
* Someone brought a beach ball.
* We were the first class in 20+ years that had to have graduation inside. There was a severe thunderstorm watch and the outdoor set-up was mostly made of metal. As a result of this, each student was restricted to four tickets. Therefore, my own sister could not attend my graduation, because the four were my parents and my two grandmothers.
* There were 25 family members at the party afterwards.


College graduation:
* A class of 4,400+ and my parents still managed to pick me out of the crowd as we marched in. They were waving at me, and stopped waving after I passed, so I knew they had actually seen me. It helped that they were near the bottom of the stadium in the handicapped seats (to accomodate my grandmothers again.)
* Maya Angelou was our commencement speaker, and she sang for us. She also composed a poem in our honor. We never actually expected to get her as our speaker, and you could have heard a pin drop when she did speak.
* My best friend cheered when the president of our class said, "we are not slackers." She was the only one in the crowd to get up and dance.
* My sister and I walked the two miles back to the main campus together, since there wasn't enough room in the cars for everyone. It was the first time in years that we walked and talked together without having a fight.
* 15 family members attended the graduation party afterwards - which we held at White Clay Creek State Park, in a picnic shelter. It was inexpensive and relaxing - nobody had to prove anything.



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1064 times:

Oddly enough, my situation was similar to B747-437B. But I somehow managed to enjoy watching my class graduate as a member of the audience.


The only thing we have to fear is the sky falling on our heads. -Asterix
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1051 times:

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 8):
High School: Graduation? No such thing!

College: Graduation? No such thing!
Hell, they wanted me to go and collect my certificate from the University, which I couldn't be bothered to do, so I still don't have it. And no one's ever asked me for it nor of any proof that I actually did graduate. What a waste!

No wonder my customers think you guys are idiots.


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1047 times:

I have my graduation scheduled for tomorrow night as well. It'll be a fun weekend, it's already been a fun week.  Wink

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1041 times:

my graduation (Class of 1994) was very small and simple, but nice and easy. I graduated from the Ohio School for the Deaf. Only 10 (ten) of us graduated. I did not party after graduation, I just moved on and competed in professional bowling tournaments.

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 4):
I was only 16 years old.

My superintendent (who is deaf) from Ohio School for the Deaf graduated from deaf high school in Louisiana when he was only 15 years old.

EDIT: Have fun, Class of 2005!!!  whiteflag  (clapping hands in background)

[Edited 2005-06-24 01:35:48]


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User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1033 times:

My graduation started out somewhat like a disaster. I cut myself shaving and the bleeding wouldn't stop!!! It was just awful. It wasn't like gushing out but it was just alittle and of course it became the joke of the evening amongst all my friends. I remember having to wait a VERY long time until the ceremony started but that was cool because we took tons of pics while we waited. Once it started, it went very very quickly for me. When it was over it was very emotional for me and everyone else because it was like over. It was especially emotional for me because my dad wasn't there but that's another story. So anyways, after the ceremony we all went home and changed. Then we boarded the limo bus I rented and basically road around partying till very very late in the evening. Needless to say, great great great memories. I say you should definetly do something memorable to mark this special occasion with all your friends....it will DEFINETLY be worth it.

User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1598 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1024 times:

At the end of my high school graduation, we had to sing the school alma mater, which hardly anyone (including myself) knew. My best friend (who happened to be sitting next to me) had the brains to go home the night before, and type up the text to the song, and print it out. So as everyone is singing the song, you see everyone in one row crowding around my friend to read the lyrics. After that, as we are marching off the football field, I look toward a couple of my friends, and without me saying a word, a group of us started singing "Sha na na na na na na hey hey, GOODBYE!" I think it took 30 seconds for the entire class of 2003 to join in.

User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 1015 times:

Mine was today, and let me tell you one thing I will never forget from mine, my pink tuxedo!!

User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 1013 times:

Mine was today, and let me tell you one thing I will never forget from mine, my pink tuxedo!!

You wore a tuxedo to graduation?  Confused

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13138 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 1003 times:

High School.
June 1972, very close to this post's date. We had to have our graduation inside our cramped, non-air conditioned auditorium as rain all week prevented us from practice at the school's sports field/stands area about 1/2 mile from the school. Of course, it was sunny all day and even at 7 pm, it was 90 F with 99% huimidity in our Northern New Jersey. Just a normal summer day.  yuck  I don't think I ever sweated so much in my life other than at a job. There were about 200 graduates in our class. What is cool is that the same auditorium (as were some classrooms I was in, hall areas, offices) as used in the film "In & Out" made several years ago. Didn't go to nor was I invited to a party that night (or at least one I would feel safe with), only some stuff at home with some family members. Didn't drink then or that night (would change soon however)
University/college.
Very early June 1977. (Yes, 5 year plan). I commuted to college in beautiful downtown Newark, NJ. (Rutgers-NCAS). Weather was ok, warm, clear, outside on the main campus/plaza. Remember couldn't find my parents for a while when the ceremony ended. Got so drunk at a fellow graduate's house up by where I live and a bar on the way home then had a horrible  puke  session and a 2 day hangover.


User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 997 times:

2003 for High School Graduation....

I remember it started raining the night before and didn't stop. I remember being paralyzed with fear as I got up to give the valedictorian speech to a jam-packed crowd in the assembly hall. I also remember a guy in our class with Cerebral Palsy whose goal was to walk across the stage to get his diploma; I remember him nearly falling, but he made it and received a standing ovation and brought tears to many people's eyes.


User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 981 times:

I did not get drunk, but I helped a friend of mine drink his first beer ever (I still have photograpic proof of that !!!)

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 973 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 11):
No wonder my customers think you guys are idiots.

Ha ha! I don't know about the rest of the "guys" but you sure don't need to know about the absence of my certificate to conclude that I'm an idiot! Most people can tell at first glance.
 Smile


User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2208 posts, RR: 35
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 972 times:

Ok so graduation is now in less than two hours. Any tips on how I can stay awake during the long and very boring speeches?

User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5301 posts, RR: 61
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 969 times:

Quoting Runway23 (Reply 22):
Ok so graduation is now in less than two hours. Any tips on how I can stay awake during the long and very boring speeches?

Think about the phone call you got from Fiona's daddy.



Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2208 posts, RR: 35
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 967 times:

Quoting Teahan (Reply 23):
Think about the phone call you got from Fiona's daddy.

That is quite pathetic you fool. Instead I'll think about your encounter with the law about some condom affair. Now that should make me chuckle and stay awake.


25 Jasepl : Tip #1: Never fight sleep. Always give in. Tip #2: If sleep betrays you, a precautionary swig or two of anything alcoholic will make the whole experi
26 B747-437B : Jason, where did you go to school? I know that at my Mumbai schools we had a pathetic "awards ceremony" where the younger kids all got together and s
27 Post contains images Teahan : You wouldn't believe who is really doing the chuckling.
28 Runway23 : Sean I thought you were banned (by Jer?) from your graduation ceremony?
29 B747-437B : Yes, but I attended plenty as one of the younger 'uns forced to stand and sing out of tune. Those of you who heard me sing on the RER in Paris can at
30 Jasepl : Ha haha! I must have gone to around 5 schools in total and I don't think any one of them had any sort of "awards ceremony" - pathetic or spectacular.
31 Post contains images B747-437B : But of course. Good Catholic boy from Bandra like me couldn't be seen dead elsewhere! This explains why so many people from Sydenham could be found h
32 Post contains images Jasepl : Ha ha! We tried out a bunch of places, including the Tea Centre, Xavier's canteen and even the Mithibai canteen all the way in the boonies, and eventu
33 Post contains images B747-437B : Wow, sounds like you're describing half the Jesuit priests that ran the schools!
34 Post contains images Jasepl : Ha ha ha! Now you've gone and been reckless enough to say something like that, you better watch out. The CRI will be along any minute!
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