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About How Long Does A High School Graduation Ceremony Last? Who Else Has Graduations To Attend?

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We haven't been to a high school ceremony in years.

We will be attending an outdoor ceremony today. It will be a high of 85 & sunny. Hope they speed things along.

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raven-blac­kbird1337529978.88314714 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009California

depends on how many kids are graduating.......my last son had over 1000 kids in his graduating class........it went on forever........raven

"Polite conversation is rarely either."
Fran Lebowitz

Hildegarde­ Withers1337530049.10711690 PostsRegistered 11/9/2011
On 5/20/2012 blackbirdraven said:

depends on how many kids are graduating.......my last son had over 1000 kids in his graduating class........it went on forever........raven

Yikes!

Qwackertoo1337530059.36710906 PostsRegistered 9/16/2006

Haven't been to one in a long time but going next Thursday night. Inside. They have a little over 300 and I'm expecting it to last at least 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours at the most. Maybe.

Giordan1337530307.8331937 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011

Trust me.

Way, way, way, way, way too long! {#emotions_dlg.lol}

DianaFran1337530417.01310849 PostsRegistered 11/15/2004

It depends on the size of the school. There were almost 700 in my graduating class, and we were called up to get our diplomas individually. With all the speeches, etc., it took about two hours at least. I'm only going to a small 8th grade graduation this year, and my neighbor girl, whom I've known since she was in the womb, is giving the keynote speech. I expect the the whole thing won't take even an hour. Two years ago I went to a high school graduation, and it was fairly long because they not only had speeches and called names of the graduates, but they had choral entertainment and anecdotes from some of the students reminiscing about their high school years.

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Hildegarde­ Withers1337530463.28711690 PostsRegistered 11/9/2011

We wouldn't mind as much if it were indoors, but it's outdoors in 85 degree weather.{#emotions_dlg.bored}

raven-blac­kbird1337530508.42314714 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009California
On 5/20/2012 Hildegarde Withers- said:
On 5/20/2012 blackbirdraven said:

depends on how many kids are graduating.......my last son had over 1000 kids in his graduating class........it went on forever........raven

Yikes!

yikes is right...............graduating class on the football field sitting on folding chairs.........parents in bleachers........tickets given out and only four per family......kids counted on the tickets, we could not have the whole family go..............BIG difference from the school the oldest son attended, 94 kids in the graduating class, but the oldest went to a Catholic high school........he have one last time to go through this and that will be next year......................raven

"Polite conversation is rarely either."
Fran Lebowitz

SusieEliza­beth1337530595.8635451 PostsRegistered 3/14/2009The Buckeye State

I graduated in 2003 and like others have said, it depends on the class size and what the class chooses to involve in their ceremony. I went to private schools and my grad. class was about 100. We were all so sick of school and ready to be done that we chose a short ceremony with only the necessities! But some classes chose to do everything and that can take FOREVER!!!!

There was also a rule that seems pretty standard across the board from other people I have talked to that NO ONE is allowed to leave until everyone has received their diploma.

I don't go to grad ceremonies....just the parties. My kids are the only ones I plan to attend.

Previously "Justa" "JAWAM" or justawifeandmom changed it because I was tired of the comments.


gidgetgoes­hawaiian1337530681.0210426 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
My niece graduated from high school last year. 45 graduates, three and a half hours. Fortunately, they did the march of the graduates first so we saw that. My husband and I bailed at the one and a half hour mark. I would count on at least two and a half hours.

deepwaterd­otter1337531680.47713025 PostsRegistered 9/1/2005America's Dairyland

Long enough that I didn't attend my own college graduation.

"I Can't Prove It, But I Can Say It." - S. Colbert

kaybee1337541685.1238445 PostsRegistered 7/3/2006Wisconsin
On 5/20/2012 deepwaterdotter said:

Long enough that I didn't attend my own college graduation.

I didn't even go to my own post-grad ceremony and it was only about 12 with a sit down dinner. I had a brand new baby and the party was about 2 hours away. The diploma was worth just as much without the pomp and circumstance.

I think they only want immediate family at high school graduations now days.



violann1337542132.50312944 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004
I SO AGREE with all of you. I was in the band and chorus frm6th grade through college, and in college there were 2 commencements, one each semester, every year, so that means I have performed or participated in approximately 30 high school or college graduations, which is about 27 too many for any normal human being. I would say the overall average length is about two hours, some longer, a very few a tiny bit shorter.




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Shorty2U1337543547.53315148 PostsRegistered 6/24/2007PA

I hope it goes well for you. I would hate sitting in the heat. Here all the graduations from all the high schools in the county are inside at a concert type center with air conditioning. I remember years back when my brother graduated they had it outside @ the time, and the Blue Angels air show flew over the entire time, and you couldnt hear a thing they were saying..lol. Anyway I havent been to one in years, but last time I was it lasted long. Ill go again when my grandkids graduate- God willing.

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make"

missy11337546617.2932586 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007

Depends on how many student there are. Mine HS graduation took a few hours. (It was outside)

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missy11337546840.0632586 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007
On 5/20/2012 deepwaterdotter said:

Long enough that I didn't attend my own college graduation.


That one also took awhile. That's why they split the different degrees up into different locations on the campus. Is that how most college graduation ceremonies work? They also had a main ceremony before all the other ones (where everyone can go), took place. My college now has almost 40,000 students.

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PpprMintPa­tty1337546873.818812 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007Outside our Nation's Capitol

I went to one that I really should have been medicated for!{#emotions_dlg.laugh}

I honestly thought I was going to pass out when they were on graduate #236 and I asked how many more we had to go...I was told there were almost 200 more, I felt a panic attack coming on.{#emotions_dlg.unsure}

~Formerly known as Danny~

Photo Don­na1337546962.69714146 PostsRegistered 12/26/2005walking the dogs
On 5/20/2012 deepwaterdotter said:

Long enough that I didn't attend my own college graduation.

LOL My child just opted out of one -- for a weekend away with friends!

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JustJazzmom1337547120.44328313 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007My garden, of course!!

Wear sunscreen and a hat- it could be a long time if its a large class.

☼The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. GBShaw☼

hennypenny1337548137.0676204 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

bring lots of water and something very light to cover your arms. maybe one of those sachi lunch bags with a blue ice and water bottles.

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