runway23
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Memories Of Your Graduation

Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:49 pm

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?
 
teahan
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:51 pm

You're graduating yet you still don't have your results.
Get ready for round II next year Rhaat.
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B747-437B
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:53 pm

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....
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runway23
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:53 pm

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

Fool!
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:58 pm

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!

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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:11 pm

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.
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:14 pm

"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.
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:53 pm

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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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 4:52 am

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
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:19 am

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!
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:50 am

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.
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 7:59 am

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.
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:02 am

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
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:13 am

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)

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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:33 am

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.
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:10 am

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.
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:02 am

Mine was today, and let me tell you one thing I will never forget from mine, my pink tuxedo!!
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:04 am

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
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:38 am

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.
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:52 am

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.
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 6:20 pm

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
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:16 pm

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.
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runway23
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:17 pm

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?
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:18 pm

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.
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runway23
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:19 pm

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.
 
jasepl
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:19 pm

Quoting Runway23 (Reply 22):
Any tips on how I can stay awake during the long and very boring speeches?

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 experience more bearable.

Have fun!
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:20 pm

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

College: Graduation? No such thing!

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 sang out of tune while bored parents applauded us receiving certificates with mis-spelled names, and occasionally an envelope containing Rs.25 for winning the "Pinto Memorial Scholarship for the best marks from a left handed Catholic boy from Lower Parel" or something similar.
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teahan
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:21 pm

Quoting Runway23 (Reply 24):
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.

You wouldn't believe who is really doing the chuckling. Big grin
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runway23
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:21 pm

Sean I thought you were banned (by Jer?) from your graduation ceremony?
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:26 pm

Quoting Runway23 (Reply 28):
Sean I thought you were banned from your graduation ceremony?

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 attest to how painful this was to the audience.
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:34 pm

Quoting B747-437B (Reply 26):
...I know that at my Mumbai schools we had a pathetic "awards ceremony"...

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. Did you go to one of the convent schools? Maybe they had something different going on there?

As for college, I somehow got into Sydenham, found it to be a monumental waste of time and decided to finish up by "correspondence". That way, I could continue wasting time, but at least I didn't have to worry about attendance or bribing the peons.
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:37 pm

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 30):
Did you go to one of the convent schools?

But of course. Good Catholic boy from Bandra like me couldn't be seen dead elsewhere!

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 30):
I somehow got into Sydenham, found it to be a monumental waste of time

This explains why so many people from Sydenham could be found hanging out at the Xaviers canteen instead of their own college!  Wink
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jasepl
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:24 am

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 eventually settled for someone's house. Every day, we would get dressed, leave home and go to someone's house, where we would eat, watch a movie, maybe have a drink or three and then return home. Those were the days!

As for school, well, for everyone's sake, I'm glad I was never sent to one of the convents. Can you imagine a godless, soulless, heathen, sinning, homosexual, pervert contaminating the hallways of one of those fine institutions? I'd burst into flames the minute I set foot in there!  Wink
 
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Sat Jun 25, 2005 5:08 am

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 32):
Can you imagine a godless, soulless, heathen, sinning, homosexual, pervert contaminating the hallways of one of those fine institutions?

Wow, sounds like you're describing half the Jesuit priests that ran the schools!  Wink
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jasepl
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RE: Memories Of Your Graduation

Sat Jun 25, 2005 6:48 am

Quoting B747-437B (Reply 33):
Wow, sounds like you're describing half the Jesuit priests that ran the schools!

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!  Wink

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