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Graduation Stories

Posted May 10, 2011 9:26 a.m. EDT

What's the funniest or most unusual thing you have seen at a high school or college graduation? Please weigh in with your comments.

My son William graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone last weekend and the commencement program was quite interesting. Will received his diploma from ASU Chancellor Kenneth Peacock. The highly popular and gregarious chancellor has a knack for connecting with students. He helps lead the cheers at football games. Dr. Peacock can always be seen helping new students move in to their dormitories with kind words and his unique sense of humor.

At Saturday's commencement service at least two of the new graduates felt so comfortable around Dr. Peacock that they gave him a bear hug and lifted him off the ground in a show of celebration and affection. There was even one chest bump during the service. While some around me scoffed at "a lack of decorum" I enjoyed the youthful display of jubilation. My son settled on a traditional handshake from Dr. Peacock but that's just his personality. By the way, I am proud to announce that Will graduated in four years with a communications degree and a minor in history. He's headed to a movie production job in Charlotte. I'm headed to the bank to celebrate.