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Graduates, Party On!

Graduates, Party On! 
By Walter Ang
March 9, 2000
Philippine Daily Inquirer

March ushers in one of the most anticipated epochs in academic life? graduation. This milestone causes unimaginable anxiety for countless students who toil and sweat all year round, some to excel, others to just barely pass. For these hardy souls, the fruit of several years' excruciating labor is getting up onstage to proudly announce that they've survived it all.

For all the hardships one has to go through in order to graduate, you would think that graduation rites should be more merry and less staid. After all, the graduates are all young and vibrant! When they succeed in something, they'd rather scream and holler in jubilation than sit still for hours on end.

The graduates should be able to have fun and enjoy this momentous occasion to the hilt. With this in mind, don't you think these solemn events ought to have a more festive atmosphere? Graduation rites should be like a giant party and hav…

My Funny Graduation

My Funny Graduation 
By Walter Ang
March 2000
Philippine Star

For a multitude of students, March signals the end of several years' worth of anguish and suffering. At last, they can step forward and leave behind them forever the horrors of academic life. For in this month of months, graduation is finally at hand.

Proud parents and friends beam with pride as they show off wallet sized photos of their graduates. They throw parties and dinner celebrations to mark the special occasion. With this much people bursting with exhilaration, it would be such a waste to have them sit still for hours on end at the graduation ceremonies. To ask the graduates and their loved ones to contain their joy by sitting down and clamming up would be a disservice to their sensibilities.

Year in, year out, the same old rites never change. It goes on and on in a less than exciting pace. The youth of today deserve a little update in the ceremonies. Young people are born of the MTV generation. They like to driv…