Student Caring - A Podcast for Professors
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Heaven or Hell - it’s really up to you.


Student Caring - Podcast No. 16
DAVID: Welcome.  I’m David AND I’m Daniel. AND This is a podcast for: Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education. Our mission is to champion “Student Caring” as a way of addressing the challenges in higher education today.

 DANIEL: Can you believe it?  This is our 16th Podcast! We want to talk to you about a very important day which occurs regularly in Higher Education - COMMENCEMENT.

 DAVID: But first - Student Caring NEWS  Thank you to all the people who came by our table at the WASC / ARC - Western Association of Schools and Colleges- Accrediting --  Academic Resource Conference in Costa Mesa, California on April 19. It was so very to good to meet so many of you and talk about your interest in  The Student Caring Project. Many people in attendance were interested in inviting us to speak - if YOU are interested - we are currently booking for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year - Please send an email with the dates you have in mind to:

Thank you to Rosa Ray from COLLEGE COURSES . COM - who listened to our podcast on HOW TO CHEAT IN COLLEGE - AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT - and was inspired to create an INFO-GRAPHIC based on the information.  -  You can find a link to this excellent resource in the blog post for this episode. - If you teach - you might want to post it in your room or in your syllabus.


 DANIEL: Next we would like to thank listener Melody Prado for leaving a Student Caring story on the care - phone number. 1 -(855) 639-9292 - Please listen to this story - - -  The Professor - The Student and WISDOM TEETH - ECTOMY.

 DANIEL and DAVID: Reactions to the student caring story.

Informational link for Melody Prado:

 DAVID:  Opening statement. Commencement - Heaven or Hell - it’s really up to you. This ceremony will create memories, good or bad, which will last a lifetime for thousands of graduates, attendees, and participants - - you have to this right.

DANIEL: First we are going to talk about the expectations and challenges of a commencement ceremony.



  • This will be a happy day.
  • I will feel relief having completed this significant goal.
  • The ceremony will be organized and I won’t be confused about what to do.


  • This will be a happy day - it isn’t always, many factors, both personal and professional may contribute to this.I
    • My parents, family, friends may not be able to - or want to attend. Maybe someone passed away who was looking forward to this day for you.
    • Now What? I have been in a fairly protected environment, now my life is changing and I don’t know what to do.
  • Now I will have to find a job.
  • Now, I am off to graduate school and more education.
  • Do I really have to sit through the whole ceremony just to hear my name called and receive an I.O.U. for my real diploma?

Related activities often include:

  • The burning of textbooks!
  • Moving out of a dorm, or moving to another city.
  • The loss of day t day personal contact with friends and the college environment.



  • They will be able to see the person they came to support receive their degree, hear their name called, and be able to take pictures.
  • They will hear the traditional music, “Pomp and Circumstance.”
  • It will be a happy day and I will feel PROUD!
  • This will be an emotional day.


  • They might not be able to attend - or they may not be able to obtain admission due to a limited number of tickets.
  • The expense of traveling to the ceremony may be a strain.
  • Parking, walking and getting a good seat can be stressful.
  • The sound system may be inadequate.
  • The person reading off the names may pronounce it incorrectly.
  • YOUR graduate may be coming back home or moving away.

Related activities often include:
- Photo’s at the event.

  • Gift giving.
  • A special meal or party before or after.
  • The gift of a trip to celebrate.


- All will go according to our plan.

  • The persons responsible for running the ceremony will do a good job.
  • It will be a happy day for the students and their families.
  • Now, I will have time to focus on areas of responsibility which I don’t have time to do when classes are in session.


  • Worry about security.
  • Worry about.
  • Worry about bad weather.
  • Worry about the unknown.

Related activities often include:

  • Posing for photographers.
  • Meeting with the press.
  • End of the academic year luncheons.

PARTICIPANTS / Speakers / Academic Officials


  • I won’t have to worry and will be taken care of by the organizers.
  • The stage will be safe and the sound system will operate properly.


  • “There is so much that could go wrong!” - Worry!
  • “What if I trip and fall?”
  • “What if the sound system is bad?”
  • “What if I get bood?”
  • “What if they don’t like me and throw stuff?”
  • “What if I am nervous and forget what I am supposed to say?”
  • “What if the script that I have been given to follow is wrong?”

Related activities often include:
- Pictures before and after.


  • This will be a time of happiness and relaxation
  • The event will be organized and start on time.
  • I will be told what to do so I don’t have to think that day.
    • For New Faculty
      • “This is cool!” “I feel special in my academic robes.”
      • I will feel edified - “This is why I went into teaching in the first place.”
      • I will feel like I accomplished something.
    • For Experienced Faculty
      • I will feel some relief - a  short break


  • Even though the student are graduating and I get a break from teaching, I have the pressures of getting all the finals graded and turned in on time.
    • New Faculty
      • What am I supposed to do?
      • What will I experience as a result of this ceremony?
    • Experienced Faculty
      • The loss of working with students whom you care for.
      • A negative attitude: “We are only set-dressing - icing on the cake.” “We really don’t do anything other than walk in sit down - watch - and parade out at the end.” “There’s nothing for me to do.” “How am I going to survive the next 3 hours?”
        • Survival techniques that we have witnessed:
          • The reading of a book - carefully placed inside of the commencement program.
          • The marriage game.
          • Casting faculty members in a Shakespeare play.
          • The “Faculty Bingo Game!”

Related activities often include:

  • A department dinner / awards ceremony for the majors in my department.
  • Student evaluations.
  • Faculty / Course evaluations.
  • Program assessment paperwork.

Well, thank you very much for listening to this episode and sincerely hope that we have provided you with some helpful information.

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 THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED ON Thursday, May 17, 2012

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