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  1. Adapt

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    So for those graduating seniors this year, who's walking?

    By walking, I mean attending the graduation ceremony for those that may not know what that means. I'm probably not going to walk because I think my time would be better spent playing PS2.

    I can't wait for the white coat ceremony though. Now that means something.:D
     
  2. Grumpy Bear

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    I didn't walk, and even though I didn't think it would be important to me, I've regretted it ever since. Worst was when I could hear "pomp and circumstance" through my window :( Graduation is a big thing, and I think it's better to "waste" the couple of hours celebrating your accomplishments than have any regrets.
     
  3. efex101

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    I am walking and since I am the only person in my family to get a degree I will be spoilt rotten he he...:laugh:
     
  4. Lochmoor

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    PS2!!?? instead of graduation ceremonies....are you serious? You can play PS2 anytime you want, and if it's THAT bad just get a game boy and bring it along. It's not just about the diploma and stuff like that, it's about celebrating your accomplishment with your family and friends.
     
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    Walking is closure for me. I feel I owe it to myself and my family to have my name announced and my accomplishments recognized. Even though the ceremony is at 8a.m. and I have to be there at 7, I will drag my butt out of bed to make it.

    What do you have to lose? If you don't do it for yourself, do it for your family and friends.
     
  6. Heal&Teach

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    Graduation is one of those stressful times where you may often say "the H*ll with it", but once you actually do it, it's something that you'll never regret. Walk. PS2 will be there, but your college graduation only happens once.
     
  7. Adapt

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    Yea I guess. My parents say they don't really care if I walked and my older brother didn't. It never bothered him much that he didn't walk. Also, most of my friends are graduating at different times and not after spring quarter.

    As far as accomplishments, I don't know what they could say about me besides being on the dean's list a couple of times. I enjoyed my high school graduation because I had a lot more awards. I don't think I'll have any this time around.
     
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    I didn't walk when I graduated UCLA one and a half years ago. But my friend called me from her cell to let me hear them announce my name, which was nice.

    This reminds me to go pick up my diploma.
     
  9. SarahGM

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    I can't even imagine NOT walking. Is this a large-school phenomenon? I went to Dartmouth, and it was the biggest deal. I wouldn't have missed it for the world!!
     
  10. Adapt

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    :clap: I thought I was alone on not walking. Sarah, I don't know if it is a big phenomena but I'm sure there are people like us who don't think it matters. We can always pick up the diploma later.
     
  11. Adapt

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    Just for the record I never said walking was a "waste" of time. It's just my opinion that it's not as important to me at least. I know other people view walking as important and I respect that. To each their own.
     
  12. Robz

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    MUHAHAHHAHA I can't walk for my MPH this spring as I need to finish an internship before I am "official" and my school does not have a summer ceremony. I LOVE my PS2 but I am playing it now cause I know I won't get much time to play it in once school starts. I dunno about blowing of a ceremony though for it. I have never been one for the ceremony but my parents are big into that stuff and they want it for pictures and party stuff. Hell, if I get free dinner out of it? I am all for it!
     
  13. Adapt

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    I don't think they give us a dinner. We all just sit, hear some people talk, and then walk up to get our diploma. Our class is huge so I figure it would take long.

    Who doesn't love PS2? :D
     
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    I have already walked graduation, and the only time I got real emotional was when they played pomp and circumstance, my mom, dad, and I all started to cry (FYI: Thurgood Marshall College at UCSD lets you pick two people to go through graduation with you, thats why they were walking in with me). True most of the ceremony was a bust (ANNOYING speeches, a bizillion names, black robes+80 degrees), but in the end it was worth it . . . how many times do your parents get all teary eyed and tell you they are proud of you?
     
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    Never. :p

    Ok peeps, you're starting to convince me. Maybe I'll go then. My PS2 will just have to wait till I return. :(
     
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    I'm definitely walking. You only graduate from college once. I wouldn't miss it.
     
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    Slickness,

    Yeah, maybe you should walk. I guess the reason why I didn't was that I finished in the winter and there was 6 months in between my finishing classes and the graduation. By that time, I was busy doing other things.
     
  18. Robz

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    my bad I mean a free dinner from my parents....

    and currently I'm playing Monster Rancher 4, Virtua Fighter 4 evolution, and finishing Final Fantasy X-2 :D
     
  19. Adapt

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    Cool. I like to stick to the sports games, mostly NBA live and madden nfl right now.
     
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    I'll be playing Winning Eleven 7 instead of walking! Damn, that's a great game :laugh:.
     
  21. sama094

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    I didn't walk either. I don't have any regrets about it really. I went to see a friend graduate a year or two ahead of me and the main ceremony felt like a huge formality and was extremely impersonal. There were inspirational speakers telling you nothing you haven't heard before, announcements of honorary degrees for people I did not know, a speech given by the class representative (who spoke more or less about the experiences he had with HIS group of friends) blah, blah, blah. Then there were the departmental ceremonies where you actually get your diploma. I opted out of that one too, but I know people who skipped the main ceremony and attended the departmental ceremony in order to get their diploma.

    I guess the main reason for my not attending graduation was that there wasn't much "spirit" or feelings of "togetherness" at my school, and I thought that that was what really made graduation feel good. Also, a lot of my really good friends graduated a year before me. I graduated in four years, but for some reason I didn't have any strong bonds with the people who were in my class, just a bunch of acquaintances. At my university, people graduate all over the place; it's very common to do a fifth year if you're double majoring or switched majors, and for the more intense majors, people take 6 or even 7 years to graduate. So class cohesion does not really exist. So I didn't feel like it would be a big deal to not walk with my class.

    So I say that if your parents do not care if you walk or not, then go with your own feelings on the matter. And if you decide not to walk, you're not alone! Just make sure you really think it through and are happy with your reasons, and saying you would rather play PS2 is not a good reason!
     
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    I love walking and will do it again thsi year (master's). THe ceremony is about YOU! It really helps to have friends nearby to chat with during some parts of the ceremony (espeically if you have a very large class size).
     
  23. TTSD

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    Hey Slick.. I'm with you about not walking since I don't have any cum and such ;-).

    But eh, what's so special about walking? You sit there while people read whatever speech and poem they wrote (I mean, you VOLUNTEER to say something up there). All it is is you sit there at 8am in the morning on a Saturday into the sweltering heat as they call names.

    Unfair to you and your parents. If you SERIOUSLY don't want to go, just make sure you give your parents a nice dinner on your white coating ceremony which is the REAL fruition of your college. At least if your parents are asian.

    LOL.
     
  24. Adapt

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    Hey TTSD, maybe it's just our school that has that attitude.

    Sama, that's pretty much I how I imagined the ceremony.
     
  25. TTSD

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    What did you think of the final?

    I almost crapped my pants on the first question, LOL. Just one word flashed through my head, "CRAP!" But I think I worked it out. I didn't like the "choose all that apply" multiple choice questions :-\

    Hey, was it a metapopulation?
     
  26. Adapt

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    Yea the climate design thing was ridiculous. I think I got them all wrong. I hope she gives partial credit on the choose all that apply questions. I do think the answer was metapopulations.

    Anyways, I'm hoping for a B- at least. I don't want my acceptances to be taken away. :(
     
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    I went to UCB the year they had Jonny Mosley (sp?) give the commencement speech. He's that x-games celeb guy who never graduated college. I didn't show up for that, and was kind of turned off to the whole graduation ceremony. Since my relatives wanted to see me walk, I went anyway. It actually turned out to be a good thing I went. For my first major there was a wine and cheese reception after (small department). My second major was a huge one (MCB at Berkeley), and no wine and cheese, but when I showed up it turned out I had been selected for an award and they had a little speech about me. I had no idea until I saw the program the day of graduation.

    So go to your commencement. You may be pleasantly surprised (or at least get a lot of wine and cheese!).
     

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