Tuesday, June 17, 2008

note to self: when i become a principal of a school, or MC of a graduation, i will not have a keynote speaker. nobody is coming out to be inspired. this isn't a tea or a dinner. the only thing the parents want to do is watch their daughter trip across the stage to receive a diploma, which really isn't a diploma, but a rolled up piece of paper. and the five parents whose daughters are speaking want to see their daughters speak, praying they won't mess up. they're the only ones who are listening to the speeches. it's not as if the girl actually wrote her own speech anyway. they may have practiced it over and over until they know it by heart, but it's still their dad's speech, with maybe a little help from the older brother, or even the mother, if she remembers how to use her hebrew sefer skills. the school i attended for my elementary years started a new thing a few years go, called a cantata. i would very much love to sit down with the principals and know exactly what they were thinking when they implemented it. each girl had two lines to say, set to Casio music. no that wasn't the entertainment tonight. the fun part was watching the girls who'd snuck their cellphones onto the stage with them, try to text their family members without being seen.

graduations.

what a waste of everyone's time.

8 comments:

Yoni said...

I skipped my graduations.

Mikeinmidwood said...

They are a waste of time I didnt get my diploma when I was up there. I got a piece of paper that entitles me to a diploma. Thats cheap.

corner point said...

Hey! No fair!! I wrote my HS graduation speech all by myself from scratch. So there :-P

But I completely agree with you. I didn't even attend my college graduation. Who needed it? My aunts and uncles were disappointed cuz they wanted to come, but I was surely not going, so they remained disappointed. Oh well. Better luck with the next niece
:-)

frumskeptic said...

I didnt bother showing up to graduation. Figured after 4 yrs of college the last thing I needed as a "reward" was sitting in the heat and listening to boring speeches.

Anonymous said...

I attended. My family enjoyed the photo op.

The Babysitter said...

I agree with not having a keynote speaker, it takes away from the graduating class. It makes the girls speaking look unprofessional compared to the person they bring in. But I would still go to my graduation because its an important part of finishing school. Although with college I'm not so sure, I hear mixed opinions, some go some don't. I have some time to think about it.

Lion of Zion said...

BORING!
my mother made me go to my college graduation. i sat out my MA. my wife just made me go to my more recent graduation because she gets a day off of work for it. it was so boring she said she would have rather gone to work.

Jessica said...

This is the first time I've read your blog, but I must say to this post: AMEN!
Great blog.