Graduation etiquette: Sit down and shut up

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.

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