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I got graduation materials in the mail today... I'm about to finish up my Master's degree in Software Engineering, and GMU, Hreff Jones, etc. want me to give them more money for graduation announcements, rings, cap & gown, commencement ceremony, etc.

I didn't walk for my undergrad degree... Should I go to the ceremonies for this one? Please comment!

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daphnetolaurel
Feb. 18th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
I would. You've worked so hard, and this has been long in coming. To me graduate school was more of a rite of passage. Forget giving them money for announcements, rings, etc. But you should go to the ceremony. Let me know when and where!
jasepanda
Feb. 18th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
LOL, you got them too? How exciting! Spend even MORE money than you thought was possible on all kinds of things, including a stupid diploma frame. :)

Anyway, I'm definitely walking, but that's cause I'm getting my PhD. If you think this is going to be your very last graduation ceremony, it might be cool to walk. Just a final "I'm done!" ceremony to cap off your accomplishment. If you think you may go back and get something else, it's not as big of a deal.
unbleachedbrun
Feb. 18th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
What does your family think? Are any of them inclined to go to the ceremony? Who will be the commencement speaker? Are you good friends with any of your classmates so you'll have someone to hang out with in line? Why didn't you do your undergrad ceremony and what is different now?

Don't you love having your questions answered with more questions?
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just_the_ash
Feb. 18th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
Are you going to have an audience -- friends, family members, people who have a lot emotionally invested in seeing you get the degree? Then forget the ring and crap, but get the cap, gown, and hood and do the walk.
rover_t_mutt
Feb. 18th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Early Congrats to you!

Just in case I miss it for real. I have but one more year and I'll be finished with my grad studies. I won't be walking in the ceremony because I am looking forward to the free time this will give me. At least until I grow stupid again and go back to school.

-Mr. Mutt
ren_flora
Feb. 19th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Future Faculty thoughts
If you're wanting to teach as a faculty member someday, you might consider buying the hood & robes for wearing to future university graduation ceremonies. It avoids having to rent it later. My husband bought his ($900 for PhD robes!) but he expects to use them at least a couple times a year for the next several decades.
justincheetah
Mar. 3rd, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't walk for my A.S. or B.S., the latter primarily as it'd been a long grind and I spent my last semester in the "real world." While it's not a significant regret, in retrospect I ought to have made the effort to walk.

For a M.S.? Do it, especially if family or friends will be there for you. Personally I'd arrange announcements on my own, and forgo the ring, but those are highly personal decisions.
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