I have recently received a formal invitation to a graduation ceremony for the current year’s CGA designation recipients. While I would like to get my official degree, I have decided not to go.
The main reason I’m not going is because I dislike most formal ceremonies. I didn’t like sitting in wait for my highschool diploma, my university graduation was more than tedious (waiting for dozens and dozens of people to be announced so I could walk across a stage and meet a dignitary I didn’t recognize is not my idea of a good afternoon spent). I went to both of these ceremonies for my parents sake – they seemed very excited to see me receive my previous two pieces of paper. This ceremony, they are both interested in, but I don’t feel as beholden to them at age 33 as I did at age 23, when I got a degree in Economics.
If there was anyone I would go through this ceremony for, it would be my wife. She’s “all in” for going, but that’s mostly because it’s a chance to dress up and go out….and we can do that all by ourselves without the hundreds of other people.
Added to the general dislike of this type of ceremony is the cost of going, which would be about $500 – between hotels, clothes, travel, and dinner. $500 is about what my wife and I would spend on restaurant dinners (which is a major source of our entertainment) in a year. I just don’t see the value in it. The cost by itself is marginal – it wouldn’t make or break my decision, it just doesn’t add any extra enjoyment to the evening.
People have told me that I will regret my decision, that the ceremony is a “once in a lifetime” event that I won’t want to miss. Having lived with myself for 33 years now, I think I know what I will and will not regret – this happens to be of the latter.
From an Economic perspective, I would gain much more utility from a quiet evening with my wife (where she could dress up, which she likes to do sometimes) than taking part in a ceremony with hundreds of other people. I can celebrate attaining my designation with the person most affected by the hundreds of hours of studying I carried out.
I’ve been able to officially use the designation since June of this year, so nothing really changes in my life, I just prefer to celebrate in my own fashion rather than having the method (and to a certain extent price) of the evening dictated.
Maybe this is just my weird, introverted way at looking at this situation, but what would you do in my shoes?