Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Oh boy, oh boy!

I got my official email announcement that I will be marching in the May graduation ceremonies.
Woo hoo!
Now there are all these formalities to go through and decisions to make. My cap and gown will cost around $70 (I may look into borrowing a cap and gown, if the colors are the same). Should I order announcements as well? I remember doing that for college and high school, but I kind of feel like it'd be weird to announce a graduate degree. I'm not looking for gifts or anything like that, so what's the point? Also, they're expensive.
I get four tickets for guests, although it just occurred to me that those are tied to the order of a cap and gown, so I'm not so sure that I can get them unless I pay for the cap and gown. I'll have to find out--and I have a sneaky plan about how to handle that. Who do those four tickets go to? Peanut, obviously, gets one automatically. I know my mom is planning to come for graduation, and I think my dad might too (eek, oh god, I never wanted them in the same room at the same time again. Maybe Peanut and I should just elope while they're here so we never have to deal with it again). And my sister, maybe? Which leaves no room for my step-parents or any friends. Well, nothing I can do about it--I guess I'll just give everyone fair warning and let them figure it out.
Ok, so my sneaky plan for getting four tickets without paying for cap and gown is thus--they have a special pin that graduates can wear if they voluntarily pledge to be socially conscious in their daily lives and at work, and attempt to cut down on waste and so on. So I was planning to take that pledge anyway, but what if I argue that borrowing a gown from someone who's already used it is a socially conscious act, so they shouldn't punish me by forcing me to purchase something that I will use ONCE just to get tickets for my family to come visit? I'm actively using that pledge!
Well, first I'll see if there's anyone who has a cap and gown I can actually borrow. Then I'll try that angle.
Anyway, WOW, the end is in sight, my thesis seminar starts tomorrow and I'm officially primed for graduation. I can't wait to start paying off those loans!


  1. Congrats on the graduation!!! Good luck on gaming the system, although if they deny your argument, I say just get the cap and gown. Remember its for the memories, not the actual diploma.

  2. having attended many graduation ceremonies, I think it's safe to say that your friends will not be sad not to attend...especially if you go to a school where they read all the names!

    Congrats to you!

    I never had a party when I finished college but my parents threw me a party with invites and all when I finished grad school. The party invites sort of served as an announcement rather than the formal ones from the school. I got some small token gifts, but I was certainly not hunting for gifts in sending out the invites.

    I can't imagine that they won't let you get your tickets without buying a cap and gown. I know that not buying the stuff was always an option for me.

  3. same anon as before here...
    as for the gown being for memories: I've moved mine more times than I'd like to count from one back of the closet to another back of the closet, I don't really want to keep it, but can't bring myself to get rid of it, so never buying it to begin with would have been fine with me.

  4. Congrats! Is that $70 for buying, or hiring the gear?

  5. Congrats on the upcoming graduation! We'll both be doing it in May. :) I'm definitely announcing mine... I see nothing wrong with doing it for law/grad school. :) (But unlike you, I'm looking for gifts ;P)

    I'm not sure where my hs/undergrad cap & gown ended up... Probably with mom, after I said I was going to toss it. ;) I was glad I bought them, glad I walked... what you're really paying for is the experience.

  6. Congratulations! And good luck with the cap/gown/ticket scheme, with any luck you won't have to bother and they'll just give you the tickets.

  7. Congratulations!

    I wouldn't send out announcements if you can only get 4 tickets. Announcements usually are kind of an invitation, at least that's how we always used them.

    Hopefully your cap & gown plan works out!

  8. Congrats on the graduation! I am graduating in May as well but I am tired of graduations and am planning to skip it.


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