Graduation Etiquette

Notre Dame joined the impolite exodus of uninformed graduates by walking out of their own graduation because they didn’t ‘approve’ of the person asked to give the graduation address. This time, their ill manners were directed at Vice President Pence.

I think their actions reveal the shallow depths of their personalities, intelligence, and their preparation for the real world. They are walking out of the last safe space of like-minded brains who left early to face the world they really don’t understand nor feel a need to learn about. An intellectual person can not only proclaim but listen to various ideas with an open mind and not the usual open fist they employ to show their supremacy. Their attention deficit problem was revealed the moment they knew that the Vice President would be making the presentation. If questioned as exited, would they have been able to express exactly what offended them about his speech? No, because they have become so ‘learned’ and impressed with their own concocted views, listening to someone else might cause them to, perhaps, question some of their preconceived ideas and send them to their idea of the ‘dark side’ to find out some truths.

Book learning is admirable but the real world doesn’t always get them the jobs they think they are deserving upon graduation. Manners go further than snarling. Humbleness is realizing that there is more to the world outside the college campus than liberal professors and coddling. Yes, you can probably be a person of ‘note’ and make some headlines spouting half-baked agendas from your parents’ basement but listening to another’s viewpoint just might open your closed mind to another aspect of the world.

Congratulations to the graduates, whether they agreed with Vice President Pence or not, who showed upbringing and manners by staying to listen to what he had to say. For the ones that pompously stomped out, take the little test in the picture above. Can YOU see what’s wrong with this picture?

One thought on “Graduation Etiquette

  1. “I think their actions reveal the shallow depths of their personalities, intelligence, and their preparation for the real world.” Couldn’t agree with you more.

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