6.09.2014

Graduate From EVERYTHING!

Nolan "graduated" from pre-kindergarten two weeks ago. His school put on a little program where the kids sang a few songs in their felt graduation caps and got a certificate of preschool completion. Afterwards, the teachers played a slideshow and served cake. The students were excited even though it was a low-key affair. 

I remember being annoyed this time last year with aaaaaaalllll the graduation posts parents shared on Facebook. I recently saw a photo on Instagram of a 4-year old's graduation invitation complete with calligraphy on stationery, a name card insert, and professional photo in her cap and gown. It was fancier than mine from high school and college! Seriously. Kids these days graduate from pre-k, kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, and finally from high school. I don't know how they did it where you're from - and maybe this is because my school district was lacking in funds - but we only had one graduation ceremony...after we completed 12th grade.

My understanding of graduation is to accept an academic diploma or degree. I guess a work training program qualifies too. I completely appreciate an end of the year celebration, acknowledging the work the students accomplished and celebrating the move to a new grade. I can even get behind promotion ceremonies for soon-to-be high school students. It gets them excited about their upcoming experiences and education. But why are we celebrating every step of the way? It feels very much like participation trophies for every bad player on the team. 

I will admit that I had fun and it was great to see Nolan so excited to celebrate with his family and little buddies. And of course I'm very proud of him. He grew a lot this year, especially socially and emotionally, and it definitely prepared him for FULL-DAY Kindergarten. (I don't know what it's like where you live, but full-day is brand new next year and it's got this mama a little anxious). But Nolan wouldn't know otherwise if his teachers didn't place such emphasis on "graduation" right? I'm probably just being a huge grump, but after celebrating every single holiday (even St Patrick's Day and Cinco De Mayo), every student birthday (including the summer birthdays), and every teacher/assistant birthday, the kids were having a party (and a cupcake) two times a week! It just seems like too much. They need go to class and do their work. They'll get to be a graduate when they're actually done with school.


What do you think?
Am I being a total bitch or is it really too much?

8 comments:

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I don't think you're being a grump.

I actually don't think graduating high school is so much of an achievement as it is a milestone. I mean, should we not expect everyone to graduate high school? It's an expectation in my family at least.

Gwen said...

I think it's ridiculous to have "graduations" from every damn thing. Having said that, our niece graduated from kindergarten or pre-K or some such thing and the picture of her in her cap and gown is the cutest thing!

Karen M. Peterson said...

There are SO MANY graduations!

We did have 5th, 8th and high school, but pre-K and kinder? Why don't they just celebrate EVERY grade while they're at it...

Lauren @ Lot Forty Eight said...

He is so cute!!!

Jodi said...

I TOTALLY agree. I don't get the cap and gown thing for the little kids. It is too much. Plus if they "graduate" 10 times before 12th grade then the real one won't mean as much. I think a moving up celebration is enough! Haha!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

When I was a kid, we had kindergarten, sixth grade and twelfth grade graduations. Now, they don't do kindergarten graduation, so I didn't mind the preschool celebration.

I am so with you on all the parties. They celebrate everything under the sun and want money for every celebration. Stop it!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Oh my what a cutie, graduating from high school is something many of us take for granted not me since two of my daughters left before completing year 10

Kathrin@shopschoolsleep said...

awww... how adorable!! i'm on board with the extravagance of graduations....namely the significance placed on it. i did the kinder, 6th, 8th and high school and that's pretty much because i switched school from 6th to 7th....my sisters just did 8th and high school because they went to an k-8 school.... but my "graduations" were very low-key in the school cafeteria...where as some as in rented out places in the city.