(Closed) Any bees skip their college graduation?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
1285 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m really sorry you are in this position!

I completed my bachelor degree a semester early, which means I would have to participate in the ceremony a few months after I actually graduated (or a few months before-but the person I asked about that told me incorrectly that I couldn’t). Well, my 6 month intership (required for my profession) was across the country, and I couldn’t afford to fly home for it. So I skipped it. I regret the mass they do the night before because is incredibly beautiful and meaningful, I don’t ever regret missing the actual ceremony.

Hope that helps.

Post # 4
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

I had ZERO desire to attend my college graduation ceremony, I had them mail my diploma to my father with “Paid In Full” stamped on the envelope.

Post # 5
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I’m really sorry for what you’re going through… I can’t imagine how you feel.

I did, however, skip my college graduation. I got my diploma, and that’s all that mattered to me. I don’t regret it (four years out). My family and I went out to a mystery theater dinner, and it was awesome.

Choose whatever will make you happy.

Post # 6
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t know how your college will do this, but when I graduated both college and law school (at different colleges in different states), we were handed a card with our name on it that we were supposed to hand to the person announcing the names right before we went on stage. We were allowed to make changes to our name at that point on the card (I took the opportunity to sound out my last name so they didn’t mispronounce it). If your school does this, you would be able to cross out your last name completely and write in your maiden name. You might ask around and find out if this is how your college handles graduation. I think a lot of them do this.

Post # 7
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I skipped graduation. I had them mail it to me. Honestly, to pay for a cap and gown and all this other stuff just to sit through hours of graduates–not my thing. I graduated high school with a class of 10. I knew I couldn’t sit through hundreds.

Post # 8
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@LilliePad:  exactly what I have experienced for all my graduations.

Is there someone on a different day maybe you could go half the cost of the cap and gown on? And just buy a tastle or whatever you get to wear as extras.

Do you have anyone that wants to root you on? Seems to me graduation is more for the family that helped get you there.

Post # 9
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have a bachelor’s degree as well as a masters and received both diplomas by the mail. I never regretted it, as I find the ceremonies boring and I never really made friends in school – I concentrated on studying and work and my relationship. It’s really not necessary to attend if you don’t feel like it.

Post # 10
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I didn’t want to, and was convinced by some friends that I would regret it if I didn’t. I went and it was fun. I don’t think our caps/gowns were that expensive, really, but I don’t remember–$30, maybe? And yeah, we had little cards with our names printed on them that we handed to the announcer right before we walked out from backstage so that they could read it off how we wanted.

Post # 11
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yep, haven’t been to a graduation for myself since my high school graduation!  I skipped my undergrad and master’s ceremonies….no regrets…get the diploma by mail or not at all if you don’t plan on hanging it up. 

Post # 13
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are you sure you can’t petition to have your maiden name spoken?

Post # 14
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My masters graduation was really important and meaningful to me. It was a big deal for me to walk and get my diploma in person (plus it was MIT so we had a truly amazing speaker). But, if you are having emotional issues that make you not look forward to it, why put yourself through that?

Post # 15
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn

I skipped moth my undergrad & graduate ceremonies… No regret whatsoever! 

Post # 16
2422 posts
Buzzing bee

I did not attend my graduation. I graduated early (December) and my school only does one ceremony. I was halfway across the country working when my graduation rolled around so I didn’t go. It didn’t bother me in the least.

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