I first learned about graduation day when I tried to schedule a test on Monday, Dec. 18th with my first year students.� I thought they were lying to me when they told me all classes were cancelled for graduation on that day!� They weren�t lying.
Graduation Day is on Monday, but the school is already a flurry of activity.� There were dozens of little stalls outside the complex (where I buy coffee) selling flowers and stuffed animals.� At the education building, I saw decorations and graduates rehearsing for their ceremony.� The graduates aren�t current students; they finished their classes last March.� They had to wait 9 months for a graduation ceremony!
Graduation here is a very big deal.� Usually, graduates� extended families (I mean everyone they�re related to!) attend the ceremony, so the university is going to be packed!� The festivities started today with parties in each department.
I first learned about the Education dept. party at about 2:30, when Daniel told me we should leave the office early in order to avoid being forced to attend.� He went last year, and said it was the most boring event he�s ever attended in Thailand.� The one last year started 2 hours late and didn�t end until midnight.� I wanted to avoid the party, but I lost track of time and Sarantip persuaded me to go.
Luckily, the party wasn�t the most boring event I�ve ever attended in Thailand!� It was actually kinda fun.� It was just a really long, drawn out dinner (8 courses!).� I sat with some students and we chatted, listened to the music, and watched the dancers.� And it only started 1 hour late!
I want to write about the graduation ceremony too, but this is getting a little long.� I�ll write more about it later!