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Updated on Sunday, March 29

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QUESTION: My parents want to attend my convocation in June but I don't have any friends and my parents don't know that I am basically a loner so I don't want to go. What can I do? They are really looking forward to it but I will be super embarrassed sitting by myself in front of them and having them realize what a loner I am in front of my peers. :( I know they will never say anything and are super loving but I will still be embarrassed and I don't have the heart to tell them I can't go to convocation because their whole life has been a struggle just to see me graduate. Any tips/suggestion? What do I do?

15 comments

  1. I am willing to pretend to be your friend

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  2. The seating is assigned (alphabetically and by program) so, unless everyone has systematically befriended people with adjacent names, you will be fine.

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    1. Plus, there are different ceremonies for different programs so you can always pretend that you have friends that graduated on other days (or before/after your ceremony as they usually have two ceremonies on the same day). That would explain why you aren't talking to anyone after everyone as filtered out of PAC (which is the only time where you would have a chance to talk to anyone with them seeing). Also, thousands of people graduate at every ceremony so you could also just say that you couldn't find your friends in the crowd.

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  3. I would show up and act as your best friend-part time roommate-godmother to your future children. Totally up for it.

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  4. Side note: you should warn your parents that the ceremony is usually around two hours long and that they will have to sit on wooden bleachers (so they might want to bring cushions if they're older). Meanwhile, you - as a student - will be packed in with the rest of the graduating students like sardines on the main floor of the PAC.

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  5. This is posted every year

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  6. Show up naked. Great ice breaker!

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  7. I will also be a fake friend if you need one...

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  8. I'll be a fake friend too! <3

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  9. OP here -- I thought Arts convocation was held in SLC? Anyways, I m just hoping to show up pretty late and leave as early as possible. Is there any "social" events that you are expected to hang out for afterwards?

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    1. All convocation ceremonies are held in the PAC. The SLC just has some reception stuff (snacks, photo area, etc.). As for showing up late, everyone is put into order in an adjacent room before the ceremony and everyone has to file in at the same time. You also are not usually allowed to leave until the ceremony is over (since getting up and scooting past everyone is disruptive).

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    2. The social events depend on the program. I don't think any are mandatory (as they've already given you your degree and there's not much they could do about it). It's likely that, if there is an event after for your faculty, your parents will be none the wiser.

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  10. Why be fake friends, let's be real friends

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  11. I will be in school this summer. Total introvert.
    Lets be friends!

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  12. I will be in school for the summer as well!
    totally up for coming to the graduation and be your friend/ "friend" :)

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