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Graduation Ceremonies and Prom
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Posted 3/28/09 , edited 3/28/09

DjMateo wrote:


darkmagiciangirl911 wrote:


DjMateo wrote:

It's a right of passage. Graduating high school is a huge milestone and deserves to be celebrated. It's not about earning your diploma, but transitioning from high school into the real world. A diploma is just a certificate to show that you've completed all mandatory coursework required by that school district. It's the symbolism behind graduation and prom that holds true meaning.


Deserves celebrations? We don't deserve anything that's pretty much mandatory to begin with. In this day and age, we don't transition to the "real world" after high school, we have more education and a support cushion to fall on if we screw up. Graduating high school know is no more of a milestone than graduating preschool. We can get by with minimum effort. It doesn't even symbolize our transition from adolescent to adult anymore because that occurs after graduation when we assimilate into society. We don't deserve anything for it or anything else like that.



Well someone's quite the little pessimist isn't she


She does have a point though. It's like saying that we deserve a reward or a ceremony or whatever when we pay our taxes for the first time, or when we get our first job, first car, first apartment, etc. All of those are milestones that are just as great, if not greater than graduating high school, but no one (or hardly anyone) ever celebrates those events because they're something we have to do to get by in our modern societies.

I think honors students should get a ceremony though, since they went above and beyond the mandatory requirements, which is an actual achievement that requires a lot of effort.
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Both are worthless for things that are expected to be the norm. Prom is just an more expensive party.
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Cuddlebuns wrote:


DjMateo wrote:


darkmagiciangirl911 wrote:


DjMateo wrote:

It's a right of passage. Graduating high school is a huge milestone and deserves to be celebrated. It's not about earning your diploma, but transitioning from high school into the real world. A diploma is just a certificate to show that you've completed all mandatory coursework required by that school district. It's the symbolism behind graduation and prom that holds true meaning.


Deserves celebrations? We don't deserve anything that's pretty much mandatory to begin with. In this day and age, we don't transition to the "real world" after high school, we have more education and a support cushion to fall on if we screw up. Graduating high school know is no more of a milestone than graduating preschool. We can get by with minimum effort. It doesn't even symbolize our transition from adolescent to adult anymore because that occurs after graduation when we assimilate into society. We don't deserve anything for it or anything else like that.



Well someone's quite the little pessimist isn't she


She does have a point though. It's like saying that we deserve a reward or a ceremony or whatever when we pay our taxes for the first time, or when we get our first job, first car, first apartment, etc. All of those are milestones that are just as great, if not greater than graduating high school, but no one (or hardly anyone) ever celebrates those events because they're something we have to do to get by in our modern societies.

I think honors students should get a ceremony though, since they went above and beyond the mandatory requirements, which is an actual achievement that requires a lot of effort.


I am an honour student, most of the other honour students at my school don't even want to attend it either. It's just so our parents can brag about us and say how "great" we are. It's a waste of time, even more so for honour students.
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You know...sometimes it's nice to stop being the pessimist and just enjoy life.

Yeah, a graduation party and prom have no significant purpose in life. You are expected to get your diploma. So what? People need to enjoy life. Yes, you're going to spend most of your time working your ass off and going through stress after stress, but it's those times when you unwind and can celebrate the good times that make life enjoyable after all. Prom is a tradition, and frankly, I'm glad it's still around. It's your last hurrah before college and an opportunity to enjoy yourself and say goodbye to all your highschool friends. Not everyone gets grad parties, but the reason is similar to prom. Yeah, there's no purpose, but it's OK. The great thing about prom is, if you don't like it, you don't have to bitch about it. Just don't go. Personally, I'm looking foward to my prom in a few weeks.
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its suppose to be your last year. starting from next year you go on to college and you'll never experience something like this ever again. Its mostly for fun, so they don't FORCE you to go
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darkmagiciangirl911 wrote:

What do we really accomplish by graduating high school in our current education system? We can just show up and graduate. Are we really doing something worth a big celebration? It is expected for us to graduate with a diploma, why should we be congratulated for something that we are expected and obligated to do.
Why should we get a pat on the back for doing something we have to do?

I personally find it pointless.


first of all ma'am. if you think just showing up and you can graduate, i guess youre on the 7 year plan...

no we are not. but heck, its a good time to dress up and check out the females...

it is? and here i though many have "graduated" without one...

i find it too... but it wont be pointless if you have a date... or maybe lets just sit and watch the girls... its fun... i guess... better than porno... live action, that is...
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first of all ma'am. if you think just showing up and you can graduate, i guess youre on the 7 year plan...

It depends on what school you go to. There's tons of classes at my school where all you have to do is listen to the teacher talk for the whole class, then the next day take a quiz over what they talked about. And in my school district, there's a lot of schools where students who don't do anything can pass a class just because their teachers don't want to deal with them the next year.


i find it too... but it wont be pointless if you have a date... or maybe lets just sit and watch the girls... its fun... i guess... better than porno... live action, that is...

If you can manage to get laid on prom night, then you should be able to do it any other night without having to pay all that money for clothes and limos and crap.

If you go to prom just to look at girls, again, you can do that every day without having to pay all that money.
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darkmagiciangirl911 wrote:


animefanatic1995 wrote:

...things we should NEVER miss.!
...graduation ceremonies MIGHT be the last time/s we would see every one in our batch all together...
...prom's are like birthday party's we should attend and have lots of fun with our friends..^___^


Why should we not miss them? If they are worthwhile friends you will be able to keep in touch after finishing high school. Birthday's are just as pointless, you accomplish very little by just living another day or year. It doesn't take any "work" to stay alive. Things don't have to be elaborate to have fun, prom is just a glorified school dance with sub par food in a room crowded with people you may or may not like for a couple hours.


~i do think "work" is needed to stay alive though..~
i agree that proms are just school dances with food in a room crowded with people...but...if your one of those inside the room..you'll find it very entertaining to remember those times...

:besides..it;s just our own opinion/s.:
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Cuddlebuns wrote:


hamstie wrote:


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...are things you shouldn't miss,...
it only happens a few times in your life...so don't let the chance to experience it pass


So we should experience them only because we have a few chances to experience them? Well, you only get one chance to experience what death by chugging a bottle of rat poison is like, why don't more people do that?


'coz they are not that stupid.....


But you only get one chance to do it, just like you only get one chance to walk across a stage at graduation. And since you only get one chance then you have to do them, right?


but...if you really want to....
well...you can just miss graduation...
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Cuddlebuns wrote:


o0James0o wrote:

first of all ma'am. if you think just showing up and you can graduate, i guess youre on the 7 year plan...

It depends on what school you go to. There's tons of classes at my school where all you have to do is listen to the teacher talk for the whole class, then the next day take a quiz over what they talked about. And in my school district, there's a lot of schools where students who don't do anything can pass a class just because their teachers don't want to deal with them the next year.


i find it too... but it wont be pointless if you have a date... or maybe lets just sit and watch the girls... its fun... i guess... better than porno... live action, that is...

If you can manage to get laid on prom night, then you should be able to do it any other night without having to pay all that money for clothes and limos and crap.

If you go to prom just to look at girls, again, you can do that every day without having to pay all that money.


true that.... guess i might not go then...
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I am an honour student, most of the other honour students at my school don't even want to attend it either. It's just so our parents can brag about us and say how "great" we are. It's a waste of time, even more so for honour students.


Sheesh, I know what you mean. I ranked top 11 in our country's Pharmacy Licensure Board Examination, prior to that I was worth crap amongst the professors and higher-ups in my university and I was popular not for grades (although they were pretty good) but for my retaliatory nature. The Summa Cum Laude was in the limelight but did a shitty job on the Licensure Exam, after that event my professors started to take note of me and congratulate me. They were going to throw some congratulatory party and wanted me to attend some seminars with them to represent our university but I chose not to. My father was proud but didn't open to the idea of the ceremonies, as a matter of fact he hated them because it was another scheme to siphon us of money. Graduation gowns, togas, shoes, clothes, fcuking pin-on flowers considering our impoverished state at the time it was a waste of time as well as a waste of money.

I find proms the most pointless ones of all. Over aggrandized school socialization that has nothing to do with education in the slightest. It was also expensive, I wish there some reimbursement of some sort.
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i think graduation ceromonies and prom are important memories that people cherish. without these, i'm sure the kids in my high school would be out doing unproductive activities rather than participating in the graduation comitee (which i am going to join). these are great things to remember. why not have a few memories that make you smile when you think of them, especially when you're old and gray?
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well graduation for me is like becoming a new person and that it's a time to face reality that we are growing up..
prom well, i didn't really enjoyed it cause the food sucks..
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touchzanaflexpens wrote:

You know...sometimes it's nice to stop being the pessimist and just enjoy life.

Yeah, a graduation party and prom have no significant purpose in life. You are expected to get your diploma. So what? People need to enjoy life. Yes, you're going to spend most of your time working your ass off and going through stress after stress, but it's those times when you unwind and can celebrate the good times that make life enjoyable after all. Prom is a tradition, and frankly, I'm glad it's still around. It's your last hurrah before college and an opportunity to enjoy yourself and say goodbye to all your highschool friends. Not everyone gets grad parties, but the reason is similar to prom. Yeah, there's no purpose, but it's OK. The great thing about prom is, if you don't like it, you don't have to bitch about it. Just don't go. Personally, I'm looking foward to my prom in a few weeks.


I found prom to be enjoyable, but graduation ceremony was anything but enjoyable. Sitting in a football field under the boiling sun with a giant black gown is probably the most retarded thing I've done. I was planning to not attend, but my parents wouldn't have any of that. Listening to spoiled brats over-emphasize their high school experience through annoying rhetoric-full speeches isn't my idea of a fun time.
On the other hand, the AFTER-graduation party was pretty fun.
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