Required to graduate?


My school is requiring all students to attend graduation ceremony. Our program has an mandatory white honors ceremony and the college says that if the students attend white honors and not grduation then we will lose the privilege of white honors. okay I understand that white honors is important to many of my classmates and the instructors, and okay a little bit for myself. If it wasn't required I probably wouldn't go and I would have no intention of attending the college's ceremony at all. Speaking of which we are the only ones required to participate in graduation. I guess I would like to know if anyone else out there has the same requirements?

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traumaRUs, MSN, APRN

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Nope. I did an LPN certificate in Las Vegas in 92, an ADN program in 94 in Indianpolis, a BSN program (online 2004). However, I am going out to Phoenix in July to walk for my MSN! I deserve it. However, I honestly wasn't going to do it. Except my hubby (the darling) wants me to. I vote that it is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Tweety, BSN, RN

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I've never heard of mandatory participation in graduation.

I was surprised at the number of people in my ADN class, well over half that skipped graduation. 100% of us went to the pinning ceremony, which seemed to be enough for people. I brought my family to the pinning and went alone to the graduation. For me graduation means walking across the stage in a cap and gown. I plan on doing the same if and when I finish my BSN, hopefully in 2007.

Perhaps your school realizes nurses might tend to skip graduation in favor of the traditional pinning and this is a way of controlling that.

Good luck to you and congratulations.

Aneroo, LPN

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It was highly recommended that we attend, as our names were still called. The lead of our department wanted us all to be there, and I think at least half of the class is going. We have our pinning the night before, and that is what is most important to me, but my parents have waited 7 years for me to graduate college, so I better go walk across that stage! :p -Andrea

grinnurse, RN

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Our school has told us that if we don't go to graduation we won't get our diploma. I don't care if anyone who doesn't want to go doesn't go. Where are our rights and "autonomy" to be able to say what we do or do not want to do!! I am so SICK of all the Bullsh** in school. I definately think it's time to move on............I personally choose to walk across the stage not only for me, but to recognize all the people that helped me get to this point and to close this chapter on my life's story. As far as I can tell our pinning ceremony isn't anything that special like it seems alot of the other schools are. No family can come. I would much rather share that moment with my family than something as inpersonal as having them sit through hundreds of names being read that I have no clue who they are!! Sorry for the rant, guess I am just ready to have some kind of life back.

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