Graduation question - Northeastern University
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northeastern
Northeastern University
October 5th, 2010 02:05 pm
Graduation question

 hey all!
so, i'm due to graduate this may.  naturally, i'm pretty psyched.  but i do have a question or two - i heard that at the ceremony (the undergraduate graduation at the garden, at least) there is no walking or even reading of names.  is this true?  does everyone just sit the whole time?  my parents are expecting some walking on the stage, a handshake, or at least announcing of my name...will they be completely let down?
thanks in advance for any info!!

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airlines
stuff
October 5th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)

yeah, it's pretty much just sitting. eventually everyone walks up to get their diplomas and shake someone's hand. some people are shown up on the screens but of course they can't show everyone, because it's going on in a few places at once, if I recall. if your parents are in the balcony they probably won't be able to pick you out of the crowd when you're getting the diploma.

really, you should be glad that names aren't announced, because the ceremony would be even longer and duller than it already is :)


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littlestarletta
littlestarletta
just another star in the sky
October 5th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)

my sister and I both graduated from Northeastern and my Dad was able to find both of us walking and got pictures of us being handed our diplomas.


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littlestarletta
littlestarletta
just another star in the sky
October 5th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)

you get to walk and you get your diploma individually but they don't call names. your family can still get a picture of you being handed your diploma and walking


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epynephrin
epynephrin
Radical epy
October 5th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)

If you can't go, you wouldn't miss anything. They're incredibly dull, and no, names aren't read. Sit for a couple of hours, listening to people yammer on. You do walk up and shake someone's hand, and there is a quick photo op with that person, then you're pumped back to your seat for another couple of hours while you wait for the rest of the students to go back.

Then leaving the building takes about 9 hours.


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maidofstars
maidofstars
A to the mutha fuckin L I X
October 6th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)

I didn't know it was that bad, glad I didn't go! Haha


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forgethissmile
forgethissmile
Abby: the generic and cost effective alternative
October 6th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)

Basically. I mean, I graduated last year and I'm glad I went. Our keynote speaker actually turned out to be quite eloquent and my mom was really happy to get a photo of me getting my diploma (plus it was kind of fun being in the center of the Garden for the first and probably only time).

And to be honest? Thank God. Unless they had smaller graduation ceremonies for each individual college, that would be murder. I went to an MIT graduation where the number of graduates was about equal to the number of NU 2010 graduates. I think it took 2 hours to get through every name.


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