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What doesn't make sense about this is commencement ceremonies are not mandatory, but voluntary, at least at private institutions like mine, but isn't that the case at public universities as well? I don't recall the ceremony ever being forced as a requirement. One reason being that all the people in our class are finishing the diss and defense at different time, so our paths are now individual and unique. If I did participate in a ceremony, would be about 6 months to wait (only one a year) and would be walking through with a bunch of strangers. Anyway, I know that I will officially be a PhD as soon as the professors deem me as such after the defense, and that will be the date on my transcript. I am looking forward to shedding the abd portion of my title.

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