Here are a few random thoughts that crossed my mind as I waited outside the venue and while seated inside. These thoughts are in no particular order of importance and you certainly do not have to agree with my observations.
2)Speaking of shoes, the graduates have to meet a certain dress code, including their footwear. So, why is a female faculty person allowed to wear flip-flops with her gown? Perhaps she was pregnant (can't tell with a big gown on) or had surgery or some other reason, but I believe flats or sandals would have been appropriate...flip-flops? Not acceptable.
3)While the singing group performing the Star Spangled Banner did an awesome job with their rendition, there are some things which should remain the same; namely the Star-Spangled Banner.
4)I couldn't find a flag anywhere to 'look at' while listening to them sing. I finally spotted one small flag on a stand on the floor at the back of the stage. Really? This is a huge venue with the gargantuan 'screen' hanging from the center of the ceiling. Wasn't it possible to display an image of the American flag on that?
5)Graduation ceremony speeches have become much shorter. When my children graduated, I believe each speaker droned on for 45 minutes. The speakers last Saturday spoke for perhaps 10 minutes. I'm not complaining; I remember what they said much better than the ones who lost my interest after 10 minutes and then I have to start looking at shoes again.LOL
6)Tiny babies and toddlers should not be brought to graduation ceremonies if at all possible. They don't bother me at all, but I feel sorry for them. They can't move or make any noise; they are passed from one person to another in an effort to keep them entertained. Most of them are dressed up for the occasion, so they get hot and in general, look miserable.
One more observation and I know this one will be controversial, but here goes. No matter how gorgeous you are and even if you have legs and a 'figure to die for,' you should probably wear a skirt that is at least an inch or two longer than the bottom of your underwear. Just in case you have to sit down or bend over to pick something up.