My high school graduating class was only 42 people, so we were a pretty tight-knit group, and it only took about an hour so it was no big deal. It didn't even occur to me that I had a choice to not go.
College graduation I went to because I had a great experience with the school, I was proud of my accomplishments, and because I was walking with my best friends. It was hot, and the gowns were basically made of plastic trash-bag material, but it was memorable because my family and some close family friends came. It was fun, and we went out for a celebration afterward.
I'll finish up grad school in May, and I want nothing at all to do with that ceremony. The amount of personal money, blood, sweat, and tears I have put into this degree is ridiculous. There is no way on earth I am spending another $70 on a cap and gown after having to do a whole semester of full-time work that I had to pay to do. My professors have been great for the most part, but if given the choice again, I would not return to my current school. Just mail me my diploma, give me my certification, and never contact me again, please!