Graduation: it’s not just for graduates anymore!

Last night I attended what I thought was the high school graduation ceremony for my best friend’s son. But when the emcee welcomed everyone I discovered that this was, in fact, a “School Leaving Ceremony”. The kids paraded across the stage, held the principal’s hand in a frozen smile-for-the-camera moment, and received their…wait for it…”School Leaving Certificate”. I kid you not.

You see, the kids still had exams to write. Technically they were not graduates. And apparently some of them will not be graduating at all this year. But you can’t have a ceremony that isn’t totally inclusive, so instead they put on this big production just to mark the fact that the kids are leaving the school (with or without their blessing).

From a homeschooler’s perspective this was hysterically funny.* But even if your children should be heading down the path to their own “School Leaving” ceremony one day, you gotta admit this is just silly.

* I wrote a lengthier post (okay, a rant) about this over at my homelearning blog

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