Will your CS graduate this spring?

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Will your CS graduate this spring?
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Sat, 05-03-2014 - 8:53pm

Do any of you have a CS "in the home stretch"? If so, when is graduation? Will s/he "walk"? What are the post-graduation plans?

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Mon, 05-05-2014 - 12:30pm

Yes, ds21 graduates this week (finals now) - NO interest in attending (dh is getting his MBA at the same time, also not attending - didn't want to unless ds did! Guys.). He hopes to stay at the same U for the MA - had originally thought MAT but now wants MA.  They want him to submit a 500 word essay 'as red tape' with the online application, and he's hoping to start this summer if they can get enough students in the one class offered.  He just got a job at St Louis Bread Co (aka Panera outside of St Louis; it started here) so hopes they'll give him lots of hours for a couple of years to help support him while he's in grad school.

Sue

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Mon, 05-05-2014 - 10:31pm

GSds has another year to go but his long-time gf will graduate this month. She won't be attending the grad ceremony. I haven't heard what is next for her.

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Tue, 05-06-2014 - 9:38am

Yes!  Christopher will get his associate of applied arts in computer multimedia and design on May 16 from Lansing Community College.  He is graduating magna cum laude.   He plans to attend the ceremony, even though none of us will be able to attend.  I hope his girlfriend and son will be there, though.  We are having a celebratory graduation brunch the next day.  I'm extremely proud of him.

He's been applying for jobs in his field, but no nibbles yet.  However, he is set with employment for the summer.  He's taking a summer class at LCC, so he's able to keep his 25-hour-a-week student job working the front desk at the student services center. He also has a job managing one of the food service stands at the Lansing Lugnuts baseball stadium, so he picks up  hours when they have home games.  That should get him through the summer, and give him time to try and find a full-time job in his field.

Elizabeth

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Wed, 05-07-2014 - 10:59am

...For those who have BTDT, this is a kid who has NO interest in celebrating much other than with dh and me.  Never did anything for HS grad other than a pool party with the family.  He says he needs new friends - he has ones from HS that aren't that career-oriented (i.e., not finishing/attending college and not really doing that much to further themselves job-wise, just taking hourly stuff to get by) and college ones who are just dying to get out to be DONE - he wants to continue, has other things he wants to do/study, has hobbies he'd now like to get into, etc.  So since dh is also getting a degree, I figured the best thing was just another family pool party over Memorial Day weekend, some festive plates and such but low key, maybe menu to ds's liking (he's gone vegetarian/vegan so will make sure he has plenty to choose from).  DH and I feel it's kinda a big deal to get a college degree but ds just isn't in the mindset right now to celebrate.  So I'm hoping this type of party is 'adequate' and that he is more into it after his master's...thoughts/comments?! Thanks.

Sue

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Wed, 05-07-2014 - 2:37pm

I think a low-key pool party sounds like fun. As you can see from my post, Christopher is having a family-only brunch at Bob Evans for his college graduation next weekend.  Two weekends later, his younger brother Greg is having a three-hour open house at a local hall, with food and decorations and i'm guessing close to 100 people stopping by at some point.   Frankly, I'm surprised that Christopher even wants to "walk," but he does.    You know your kid and what is most comfortable for him.  You honor him by respecting his wishes and having the kind of celebration that works best for him and for you.

Elizabeth

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Wed, 05-07-2014 - 8:49pm
Thanks - I agree that'd make him the happiest. His old best friend from grade/middle school is also graduating then (they've been out of touch since HS but I'm still good friends with his mom) - his mom is making him go to his graduation because she knows that when his sister graduates a year or so later, she'll want to go to hers and he'll then be upset if the parents go to hers but not his! (Not sure I'd be up for a 3 hour ceremony if my kiddo wasn't into it...)
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Tue, 05-13-2014 - 10:00am

DS is graduating on Saturday but doesn't want to go to the ceremony.  There are 700+ other graduates and he isn't into it.  He is having a great time during senior week though, before he comes home in six days.

I would have had at least a family party for him but he doesn't seem to want one.  We are going to see "Les Miserables" on Broadway  as a family outing instead.  Then he's going to start visiting friends on the east coast for a couple of weeks prior to coming home for a few days to pack before going to Peru for six months.  He will be working on an archeological dig during the summer and then staying on to study in Lima.

It feels like we should be making more of a fuss, but DH and I didn't attend any of our graduations either, so I understand why he doesn't want to.  Still. . . I look at my friends' photos of their kids graduating, and feel a little sad that we won't have that record of DS graduating.

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Tue, 05-13-2014 - 1:16pm

We've hit a glitch - ds turned in his petition to graduate back in Dec '13 (was supposed to be in the semester before graduation) and we just checked his online degree audit to check semester grades - they  now have him graduating in December!  So glad he chose not to go to graduation or he would've been horribly embarrassed  - or maybe this would've shown up if he tried to get robes; who knows. At any rate the art dept is scrambling to sort out what to do- he's met all the requirements, has nothing outstanding, paid grad fees...argh!  I told him worst case they have an August graduation for undergrads too but to say the least he feels that's unfair and he's fit to be tied! I'd like to think they can still put May on his diploma...

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Tue, 05-13-2014 - 10:14pm

When my ds graduated a couple of his friends were allowed to walk even though they needed to take one more class over summer. Come to think of it, my niece had a similar situation because she couldn't get into a required class but she already had plans to get married 6 wks after graduation and move to another part of the state, so they let her walk and told her she could take that last class at another school and had a deadline for when the credits were due. Its not that uncommon to fail a class in the final semester or find a glitch. They just send the diploma whenever they have proof of completion. In your ds' case, maybe they will resolve it over the summer and he'll get the diploma when the rest of the class gets theirs....I think my ds got his by mail about 6 weeks after the graduation.

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Wed, 05-14-2014 - 9:11am

They realized the glitch was on their end - they neglected to turn in his signed petiton to graduate last December for May.  So they bent over backwards yesterday and got the head of the dept to sign a new form, then told ds to come and sign it and they'd personally get it fixed with the registrar.  He was so upset yesterday! (thankfully his walls are too thick to have gone through but his knuckles are sore...sigh)  But it sounds like the diploma should still say May 10, 2014.

Now he just has to do a 500 word essay on why he wants to stay for the MA (which they said is a formality)..he put in for grad school a few months ago but the BA date probably held up them processing that too! He hopes to start a class on 5/26; we'll see if they can pull that off.

Sue

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