Spelman parents are upset that the college closed the doors 30 minutes prior to graduation start time. They missed their child's graduation. They blame distance- living as far away as California or Canada (from Georgia). They blame the fact that President Obama's motorcade slowed things down as he was speaking next door at Morehouse. They are fighting mad that they were late, and not allowed in.
But here's the thing.
They knew all year when graduation was.
They knew all year that the college closed the doors 30 minutes before commencement started.
They knew, at least for a couple of weeks that President Obama was in town.
They should have planned ahead.
Maybe I am a bit unfeeling, but my daughter also graduated this weekend from her high school homeschool program. It was a really big deal as she was starting off the festivities with a 20 minute show she designed herself. I said repeatedly "be on time, she starts at 1pm sharp". I went as far as to provide breakfast foods at my house so people could come over together-on time... and guess what. I have enough breakfast foods left at my house to last 2 weeks, and people showed up late and were upset that they missed her perform. They wanted to know what I was going to do about it as if I could turn back time, or make the school have her perform it again. They wanted to know where the recording of the performance was. MAN. That kind of steams me up. Only 2 people/families deserve a recording because they didn't have all the information. The rest will get a little something put on a disc if I get the chance.
But I digress.
If I were a Spelman parent, I certainly would not have flown in the morning of my daughter's graduation. Haven't these people ever heard of plane delays? They are to be expected. This is Atlanta people... we have one of the busiest airports in the nation!
So, fly in a day or two early, and pay for a hotel... don't be cheap and lazy. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the school does not owe it to you to break the rules and accommodate for your lack of planning.
Personally, I would have rather arrived at the butt-crack of dawn and spent the morning sitting around on my behind waiting than to miss my kid walk the college graduation line.
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