As a senior in high school, one of the most exciting days that I’m looking forward to is Graduation Day. I’ve been to numerous graduations and seen the beaming faces of students, the tears of the parents and grandparents, and the caps thrown in the air. I have felt the excitement in the auditorium and cannot wait to experience that day in honor of the Class of 2015.
However, thus far I have been less than pleased with the way that SLA is handling graduation. It is almost March and as far as the senior class knows, we still do not have a final date set. There have been many days rumored such as June 12th, June 15th, and June 18th, but not a single student has a clear and definite answer. While some people think that this isn’t too big of a deal, for those who have relatives who are flying in from out of town, we need to have a final date set as soon as possible.
Not only does no one know what day we’ll be graduating, there is also confusion with how many tickets students receive, which leads to my next point. First of all, not everyone who I bring to graduate will even be able to sit in the main room and watch me walk across the stage. Students are to receive some tickets to the main room and some tickets to the “overflow” room, where guests have to watch the ceremony on the live stream.
I already do not like the fact that only a select number of guests can watch the ceremony in person, but the fact that the number of tickets we get for main room and overflow room has not been confirmed is extremely frustrating. I’ve heard lots of different things from students who all claim to have gotten information from a credible source: we get two tickets in the main room and one in the overflow, or that we get three tickets in the main room and one in the overflow room, or that we get two tickets in the main room and two in the overflow but can request for more, etc.
There are four people that I want to bring to graduation: my parents and my two brothers. The fact that I might not be able to bring them all to graduation let alone have them in the main room is extremely disappointing to me. Since the Franklin Institute is clearly not large enough to hold the amount of guests that students wish they could bring, I wish that SLA was able to hold graduation elsewhere.
Overall, I’m extremely excited for the day that I get to graduate but first of all, I would love to know when that day is and secondly, I want my whole family to be able to see me walk across the stage.