April 19, 2007

Quick question.

I have 24 hours from now to wrap up several months of ambivalence and let the Anthro department know if I'll be participating in graduation this year. It seems kind of silly at this point; I finished school five months ago. On the other hand, it's my college graduation and I feel I've very much earned it. On the other other hand, it's at 8:00 in the morning on a Friday and I'd have to miss work and incur unpleasant make-up hours for the privilege of getting up ass-early and sitting around yawning through speeches. On the other other other hand, there might be someone, somewhere in the world, who would want to attend it. On yet another of my apparently limitless supply of extraneous hands, that person is probably my parents and I'm not leaping out of my chair at the chance to have another funny-robe ceremony for their sake.

So the question is, is there anybody reading this who is dying to watch me walk across a stage in a square hat? Because I'm not doing one of those Kristen-style personal graduations; they may be more convenient but they are also more mortifying. It's the official thing or none at all, so speak up.

Posted by dianna at April 19, 2007 04:35 PM

You should do something to mark the occasion, certainly. Graduation picnic? We could make a kite out of your graduation cap and try flying it around.

Though I felt really cheated that SFSU wouldn't give me a proper graduation ceremony, so I dunno. It might be worth doing. Maybe you'll get a cool speaker.

Posted by: didofoot at April 19, 2007 04:42 PM

Oh, I just noticed your last sentence. If it's an either/or thing, then I vote official graduation. Possibly you should also have the picnic though. I'm getting attached to the hat-as-kite idea.

Posted by: didofoot at April 19, 2007 04:47 PM

I'd be okay with a picnic. I also feel like my friends are more likely to attend a picnic than a boring early-morning academic formality. You think?

Posted by: Dianna at April 19, 2007 05:10 PM

Yeah, it would be hard for most people to make 8:00 am on a Friday. (What the hell kind of time is that anyway?) But grad ceremonies are for the family anyway; you could walk for them and have a picnic or something for us. Multiple celebrations are called for, I think.

Posted by: didofoot at April 19, 2007 05:18 PM

As long as it's any day other than the 19th, I'll go to any kind of graduation at all.

Posted by: Jacob at April 19, 2007 08:19 PM

I couldn't comment in time to weigh in before you made the call, but I was going to say that I'll go to any (or multiple) graduation festivities for you, 8 AM or no, and I hope you only walk if you feel like it. There -- divested of my 2 cents, I'm dying to know what you've actually decided. If there's a picnic, will there be food and games?

Posted by: katie at April 21, 2007 10:41 AM

i would go nowhere for no one at 8am (sorry), but i do like picnics.

Posted by: michele at April 21, 2007 11:18 AM

As it turns out, it's on the 18th, at 9:00 (not 8). I predict Michele will still not be seized with the desire to go.

I signed up to walk, but somewhat grudgingly. I still like the idea of a picnic better and plan to have one, but for those who need to sit in uncomfy chairs in Zellerbach and watch me fidget in my seat, the opportunity is there.

Could you even have a picnic if there weren't food or games?

Posted by: Dianna at April 22, 2007 04:39 PM

i'm so lazy! i'll get up early for great america though. and for a potential picnic.

Posted by: michele at April 22, 2007 05:23 PM