Traditional graduation ceremony important for students, supporters

With graduation approaching, some students are looking forward to being able to walk across the stage and receive their diploma. However, some might have chosen to opt out of the ceremony.

Personally, I’ve never really understood why someone wouldn’t want to attend his or her own graduation ceremony. Of course, I do consider that maybe some people have other plans that day, or just aren’t fans of being on stage, but ever since high school I’ve considered graduation to be a very important day in the life of any student.

At least to me, graduation is very special. It marks the end of a long journey through which one
normally grows and changes a lot. Even though it might just seem like walking across a stage to pick up a piece of paper, the sentimental value is much too large for me to even dream of passing up.

One of the most important things to remember is that for a lot of students, it’s not just a day entirely for them. It’s an opportunity for your family and friends from elsewhere to get together with you and watch you tackle a large milestone in your life. Spending graduation day with those who have supported you throughout your college career emotionally and in some cases, financially is always a great experience.

And second of all, it’s a celebration. It seems silly to me that someone would pass up the chance to let so many people come together and shed light on their accomplishments.

If you’re graduating, chances are you worked very hard for it. Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate years of hard work with something that allows so many people to come together? It really is a nice payoff for all those years spent studying and taking tests.

Also, if you attend a graduation ceremony, you’re not the only person being celebrated. Chances are you have friends in your graduating class, and the day is likely just as important to them as it is to you. By going to the ceremony, not only do you get to walk across the stage, but you’ll have a chance to see all the friends you made throughout your journey do the same.

If I’m given the chance to support anyone who has ever supported me, I’d gladly take it. You could even plan an after-party with some of your closest friends or go out to eat with them afterward. The day is what you make of it.

While it might sometimes seem like a pointless tradition, graduation ceremonies are a lot more than that. They’re a chance for you and your loved ones to get together and celebrate something you’ve been working hard toward for four years or even longer in some cases. It’s also possibly the last chance you have to celebrate with some of the friends you made throughout your college career.

Therefore, I believe that it’s important to walk at graduation, not only for you but for those who are proud of all the hard work you’ve done.

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