- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
I don’t know where to post this, so I’m going to put it here. I’m graduating in May with my Bachelor’s in Accounting. I’m very excited and proud of my accomplishment.
Two years ago when I graduated from high school in my hometown, everyone was there at graduation. My high school had 66 graduates. Despite this fact, and a VERY short graduation ceremony (45 minutes), all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins got up and left immediately after I walked across the stage.
I was really hurt and upset by this. I knew they would probably do it and I pleaded with them to stay for the entire ceremony. It was not only hurtful to me that they couldn’t spare an additional ten minutes of their time for me, but it was also really embarassing because the principal and several other people urged the audience to remain seated throughout the course of the ceremony.
Fast forward six months, I graduated with my Associate’s degree. (I went to college during high school as part of a dual-enrollment program so I only needed two more classes after high school to get my Associate’s.) I invited my mom and my dad and they went, stayed for the whole thing, clapped and cheered and really made my day special.
Two years later, I’m about to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree and everyone is starting to ask about invitations to graduation… The same aunts, uncles, and cousins who got up and left from the 45 minute high school graduation ceremony want to come to my college graduation. I guarantee it’ll be much much longer than 45 minutes.
There are only 6 tickets given to each graduate for the graduation ceremony and it’s 2.5 hours from my hometown. I already know who is coming, my parents, SO, brother, and two grandparents. The aunts and uncles are like “So just get more tickets.” One even suggested that SO should not go so a family member could. I mean, there’s a chance I could get more tickets but I really dislike the way these family members behaved at my high school graduation and I don’t want them at my college graduation. I’m sticking to the “There aren’t enough tickets” excuse. It’s pretty much true.
However… knowing this, they’ve decided that my parents need to throw a graduation party for me after graduation… The afternoon of graduation. I’m completely against having a graduation party at all. I just want to spend the afternoon after graduation having a nice lunch or something. The last thing I want to do is drive 2.5 hours to have a party with people I don’t even like. But they’re being very insistent and not even offering to help my parents with anything. My mom feels obligated because everyone’s told her it’s what she’s supposed to do. (Not that any of these relatives ever graduated from college or had children who did.)
Ugh, what do I do?