As most of you know, I graduate next May (yippee), but I am so torn about going. It is about 6-8 hours away in Virginia and there will be about 6,000-7,000 other people that will be attending the ceremony and a total of about 25,000 total that will graduate. This means that with families there will be close to 30,000 people on campus not including faculty, staff and resident students (which will add about another 5,000 people to the crowd). I have to make my decision soon because I need to reserve a hotel room if I am going to go.
I will be honest, I feel very overwhelmed in large crowds of 100-200 people, so I know that in a crowd of this size it could be very frustrating for me and it could bring on a very bad migraine, possibly the kind that sent me to the hospital last summer.
I am just wondering if for my bachelor's degree if I should possibly do something else with my husband and kids to celebrate graduation and then wait two years and go to my Master's graduation and maybe do some things like go to concerts and such to expose myself to large crowds over time to get used to what I will be experiencing during graduation.
Also, none of my family is interested in going to see me graduate other than my husband and kids. Although I am the first out of my siblings to do this, and out of my parents and their siblings, my parents really don't care about seeing it actually happen. When I asked them if they were going to attend they made some excuse, so I don't even plan on bringing it up to them again.