I had him tell the powers at be that he would not be at the ceremony. They are deeply disappointed. They are trying to get him to go. Good luck with that. I did let them know I was aware of his decission.
And the funny thing is the kids will not receive their diplomas at the ceremony. They need to have so many days in for the year and they will not be able to get them until the next day when they return from project graduation. One more thing he is skipping. So, he'll drive up in the morning and receive his diploma with everyone else.
I did ask about giving him a graduation/going away party. He was up for that. After thinking about it the invites do not mention graduation. It asks people to help us celebrate son before he leaves for the Marines in July. I printed them out on stars and stripes stationary.
I went over the menu with him. I want food I can prepare ahead and doesn't have someone manning the grill all day. This is what we came up with:
- Pulled pork sandwiches
- Beef briscuit
- Potato Salad
- Macaroni Salad
- Cole Slaw
- Fruit Salad
- Cookies, toffee bars and ice cream