Ahh, commencement. You’re finally there. We work our butts off for years to get there, but what’s the true point of it all? The purpose of commencement is to mark the end of an era. It’s supposed to signify the start of a new chapter in our young lives. Is it actually worth all the fuss though? Read on as we delve into the pros and cons of this seemingly quirky, age-old tradition to help you determine if it’s truly worth it for you.
Recognition and Pride
First off, commencement is a way to get the recognition you deserve. You’ve spent countless hours studying, writing papers, and stressing over exams. Your moment to truly shine and feel proud of everything you’ve accomplished might just be commencement. This is supposed to be the time to celebrate your achievements and shine. A time to celebrate the person you’ve become and the journey you’ve been on!
The experience of commencement can be cathartic. It also provides a sense of closure. Walking across the stage and receiving your diploma symbolizes the end of a significant phase in your life. It can be an experience that helps you to feel more prepared to face the next steps of your journey.
On the flip side, walking the stage can also be anxiety-inducing. Personally, I feel incredibly self-conscious and overwhelmed at even just the thought of being the center of attention, even if it’s just for that brief moment. In high school, my parents made me go to commencement. I just remember feeling extremely nervous, as if the entire auditorium was watching my every move.
For the Parents
Sometimes, commencement might be more for the parents than for the graduates themselves. When it comes to our accomplishments, our loved ones can feel immense pride. I think the first time I have ever seen a tear in my dads eyes was when my sister received her diploma. She is the favorite though lol. This really might just be a way for them to celebrate our achievements in a public setting. So, if you feel like skipping your commencement ceremony, consider your family’s feelings as well.
Not for Everyone
It’s important to recognize that commencement isn’t for everyone. In fact, some people may not find value in the tradition or feel comfortable participating. Instead of traditional commencement, think of your own way to celebrate your achievements. Find a way that feels authentic to you!
Commencement ceremonies are filled with silly traditions. Wearing a gown & throwing your cap in the air for example. To some people, these customs can feel superficial and silly. Even if you feel unsure about participating in commencement, consider embracing the moment and using it as an opportunity to enjoy some fun and camaraderie with your fellow graduates.
Finally, It is just a symbolic event at the end of the day. It doesn’t define your success or your future. The knowledge and experience you have gained are what truly matters! Not whether or not you walked across a stage to receive a piece of paper.
What Do You Think?
Let us know your thoughts! Are you considering skipping your commencement? Or did you already attended a commencement ceremony?
Also, make sure to let us know If you have any suggestions for alternative ways to celebrate graduation!