Friday, May 28, 2010

free bird.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

–Winston Churchill 


So Tuesday was the last High School commencement i'll attend for a long time.

it was kinda nice. i actually saw some of my old high school friends who were there for their families.

i know its a Commencement CEREMONY, but god, was it awful. my littlest sis, her last name starts with A, so she was seriously the 4th to cross the stage...but it wasn't even that. the speeches were meh. i mean one talked about picking out shoes and the Macarena.

i mean it was impressive, if you followed my tweets. there were like 363 in the graduating class. Class of '99 had like 230. and the top ten students had to have a minimum 4.375 GPA. and they had something like 4.7 million in scholarships and awards! crazy smart people are graduating from THS this year.

along with announcing the Top 10 students each one had to pick a VIP Teacher and that Teacher wrote a little something about them. Long, Boring, Meh.

the CEREMONY took a little over 2 hours. GRRR. and i was hungry and Olive Garden was calling my name.

anyways...i was really irritated with something i heard after the CEREMONY. a little background cause i'm sure all ceremonies are a little different. there are 4 guidance counselors and they have a certain section of the alphabet. so while they announce their group each kid walks down center stage and shakes hands with all the important people. they grab a blank diploma holder and exit the stage.

behind the scenes is where they actually give you your diploma. its the last line of defense that the faculty has to make sure each student behaves on stage. WELL...

this one girl gets announced and instead of shaking everyone's hand she curtsies for each one. it was really kind of adorable. and i thought it was timeless. i mean people curtsy for the queen and such. anyways, turns out they didn't let her get her diploma. i was mad. especially when the Superintendent son (or maybe nephew) hugged majority of the people. one student even went across stage and hugged the announcing counselor. did they get their diploma revoked? no.

i just wonder how students are suppose to feel empowered and proud of their accomplishment when they have something like not receiving your diploma hanging over your head.

and this brings me to my original point. why does it have to be a CEREMONY? its a celebration. even in this day and age some of those kids might be the first to graduate in their household. why do we, as the audience, have to wait till all 363 students are announced to clap? why can't they take an extra few seconds to let the family cheer? i would totally be happy if i had that to look forward to. it's 2010 Faculty, lets celebrate!

speaking of celebrating i would like to congratulate my VIP Twinsburg/Chamberlin Teacher...Mr. Smith. he retired yesterday. he was my "Graphics" teacher. i learned Photoshop, Silk Screening, Offset lithography and other things that really pushed me into my Graphic Design career. Mr. Smith, you rocked!

Oh, and Samantha. I'm so proud of you. Good luck next year at my Alma Mater, Kent State! You're going to be a great Honors Architect!!!!

how was everyone's last few weeks? have a great and safe memorial day weekend!

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