After attending his nephew’s high school graduation, Darren suggests that common courtesy could make the experience less painful.
. . . when did graduation ceremonies become like English soccer matches? When did “pomp and circumstance” give way to screaming and air horns? . . . Could you not simply clap for your kid when his/her name is called? Do you really need to scream for several seconds, block other people’s views with your signs — or my personal favorite, try to run up and hug your kid as they come off the stage . . .
Darren also wants valedictorians — there’s never just one any more — to avoid cliches in their speeches. That’s a hopeless cause.
Another tip: Watch out for bears at graduation ceremonies.