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What's High School Graduation Like?
updated: Jun 06, 2014, 9:30 AM

By M. Greg

Could hear the cheers from SB High School graduation from about 10 blocks away, but I haven't been to a high school graduation in about 12 years - what are they like these days?

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 COMMENT 525664P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 09:40 AM

When it came time to attend grad ceremonies at SBHS, my best friend and I opted out. This meant we got out of school earlier in the week. We spent that extra time hiking up into the mountains and lying naked beside and swimming in some wonderful natural pools. (Somehow we never got lost or broke any bones.)

This was pre-Reagan era, when suddenly it became a big no-no to skinny-dip.

Our butts got fairly sunburnt. A happy memory. It was much more fun than spending hours sitting in cap and gown, sweating in the heat.


 COMMENT 525667 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 09:47 AM

Old days: students sat attentively looking up towards the stage to listen politely to the speakers.

New days: students have heads aimed at laps while texting one another on smart phones and taking "selfies."


 SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 09:47 AM

A March in by all graduates, a flag salute, a couple faculty speeches, a couple student speeches, diploma handing out (about 7 seconds on stage by each graduate), the tassel switch and the hat throw.

Depending on the number of students, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours long.


 COMMENT 525677 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 10:03 AM

Still long.
Still boring.


 COMMENT 525688P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 10:16 AM

Are joke items still being tossed in the air?


 COMMENT 525691 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 10:20 AM

Now in order to Graduate and receive your diploma all Graduates must walk across the stage on their hands. Inability to do so will result in having to repeat all 4 years of high school again


 COMMENT 525712P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 10:58 AM

Just sat through one yesterday. Hot, boring and long. Wouldn't miss it for the world. Hoping to talk them into reversing the alphabetic order when my son graduates because our daughter was 1.5 hours before they called her name.


 COMMENT 525718P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 11:19 AM

Haha - I hear ya, 712! Those late-in-the-alphabet last names... and it doesn't change in college.

Hot long and boring is right, but my last one is graduating from college next year and I can't wait - because it's so wonderful!!


 COMMENT 525730 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 11:41 AM

.....and FINALLY, the Ybarra and Zamora families were able to go home.


 COMMENT 525733 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 11:43 AM

what, if your last name starts with A, you can just get up and leave?


 COMMENT 525737P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 11:52 AM

667, you forgot the part where the administration makes a speech (much like a politician) about how wonderful they and the school are :)


 COMMENT 525746 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 12:27 PM

When all three of my kids graduated from high school, it was not done in alphabetical order. The lined up how they wanted to and had a slip of paper with their name on it that they handed to the person to read when they got on stage. The only problem I have with graduations is the blow horns and other obnoxious and unnecessary noise makers, so rude.


 COMMENT 525747 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 12:28 PM

Obnoxious. Yelling and blowing air horns which nearly gives the older folks a heart attack. It's all about being noticed....


 COMMENT 525754 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 01:03 PM

In '76 you only got to go to Disneyland if you went through the ceremony at SBHS. Otherwise I would like to have skipped it.


 COMMENT 525789P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 02:04 PM

Nothing could have kept me from walking down the hill at SBHS. For our class we were lined up according to height.

My sons are proud fourth generation Dons.


 COMMENT 525800 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 02:27 PM

DP's graduation was good. They cracked down on the air horns - security confiscated any that blew - which was nice. As for cell phones, my son said that graduates weren't allowed to have them. Still, it's a long ceremony (and in alphabetical order). But don't know how else to graduate 500 students without the time commitment.


 COMMENT 525809 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 02:47 PM

37 years ago we had to memorize the SBHS alma mater song, I can still sing it word for word. I don't think they make the kids do anything like that anymore.


 COMMENT 525884 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 05:07 PM

Ten blocks away! Well these days i guess they are loud!


 COMMENT 525927P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 06:59 PM

High school was a bummer. I don't think every kid needs to be called up. Seriously! Bunch a horn blowing balloon holding inconsiderates thinking only of themselves. This does not even include the kids. The kids who did nothing often have the most obnoxious parents. Let the kids who work hard, follow rules, stay outta trouble walk. Leave the rest to party down, somewhere else.


 GIGGLES agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 07:54 PM

We sat in the theater at DP (LIVE coverage and the best seat/view) in the "house." It was great. Fabulous movie clips of the kids and teachers for the 35 min. before the ceremony. It was cool, calm, collected, and COMFORTABLE! We heard every word that was spoken. I must say the speeches almost (okay it did) took me to tears-VERY moving. No air horns as names were called, just a nice "clap" and maybe a "whoop-whoop" as a name was called. Oh yes, I was hang'n with the "old people" but, well, my second son just graduated from DP and at 41 years old, I feel sorta old so, I guess I was in my element...


 COMMENT 525987 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 06:30 AM

The SBHS graduation was lovely and sincere. It lasted less than 2 hours. A wave broke out and went through the crowd and the graduates about 5 times. A very fun moment. The air horns weren't so bad and the security reaction to them was funny and kept the crowd engaged.
This was the 139th class to graduate and it was wonderful to see my son be a part of such a tradition. Go Dons!


 COMMENT 526079 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 11:30 AM

Well, they make you sit through an interpreter rehashing it all IN SPANISH, right here in the good ol' USA. This makes the already long and boring thing twice as long.


 GIGGLES agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 12:38 PM

agreed 079


 COMMENT 526107P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 01:04 PM

long very long...can't see, can't tell who's kid is who's..
and sometimes hot in the sun.
basically not too much fun


 GIGGLES agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 04:30 PM

107P--that's what made DP's event so much more enjoyable. The camera angle was perfect and we could hear everything while we sat in the plush new theater with air conditioning! ;)


 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 08:06 PM

I second the comments about air horns and other noisemakers. No matter how happy parents and friends are about a particular graduate, it's downright rude and has no place in what should be a solemn occasion.


 COMMENT 526180 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 10:28 PM

I qualify as an expert on local graduations since I have attended 3 this week to take photos of each grad. I have been impressed with the quality of the speeches and some fun surprises. Highlights in the last two years have been the Dons honoring WWII vets in 2013 who missed graduation in the forties, the flash mob song/dance at the end of last year's San Marcos ceremony, the 'We are the Champions' surprise song in the middle of this year's San Marcos ceremony and a number of the speeches over the last 4 years. For best visual setting the nod goes to Bishop Diego in the Sunken Gardens at the Courthouse. Today's version was a little cloudy and cool but still beautiful. To date my favorite memory is Gabe Donovan's speech on Thursday. He is a special ed student at San Marcos who made us believe in everyone's potential and the power of a supportive community.


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