Graduation Week

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  1. KingsPtMom2014

    KingsPtMom2014 Member

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    I'm trying to put together a plan for graduation week. Any veterans with insight would be appreciated. Here are some questions?

    1. 2014 reports on 6/18 and walks on 6/21. Do they spend those three nights in the barracks?

    2. Is there a limit to the number of guests DS can invite on the cruise?

    3. On Fri, 6/20 there is an Academic Awards Convocation and an Awards luncheon. Are these events for the whole class or just awards recipients?

    4. How big a deal is the baccalaureate service? Is it mandatory?

    5. The June Ball is for DS and girlfriend, right?

    6. Should we plan on spending Saturday night in or near KP, or will we likely leave town that day? The ceremony is at 10 AM.

    Feel free to answer any questions I'm not smart enough to ask. Thanks.
     
  2. Navy1981

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    1. 2014 reports on 6/18 and walks on 6/21. Do they spend those three nights in the barracks?

    Our DD was staff, so she was still pretty busy as change of command hadn't happened yet. As far as I know everyone is still required to stay in the barracks.

    2. Is there a limit to the number of guests DS can invite on the cruise?

    Nope. You just have to buy all those tickets.

    3. On Fri, 6/20 there is an Academic Awards Convocation and an Awards luncheon. Are these events for the whole class or just awards recipients?

    The whole class had to attend the awards convocation, but only those receiving awards went to the luncheon.

    4. How big a deal is the baccalaureate service? Is it mandatory?

    No big deal. Not mandatory.

    5. The June Ball is for DS and girlfriend, right?

    Unless things changed from 2013, others can attend the ball. However your presence may not be desired by your DS, so you better check first.

    6. Should we plan on spending Saturday night in or near KP, or will we likely leave town that day? The ceremony is at 10 AM.

    If you can afford it, plan on staying another night. After graduation, many mids still had to check out of their rooms, pack their cars and have their laptop security features changed so they no longer had KP/Government restrictions for use.
    Feel free to answer any questions I'm not smart enough to ask. Thanks.
     
  3. Lynpar

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    Start applying approximate price tags on these items too please. We still have a ways to go ( knock on wood, crossing everything we can cross, praying, hoping and wishing and expecting it to happen ) for the class of 15.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  4. luv2fly

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    KingsPtMom2014,

    Navy1981 nailed it.

    Also...
    Over the last four years we stayed at different hotels in different parts of Long Island. They were all great except for one thing, distance to KP. At times the traffic was a nightmare. For graduation this year we stayed at the Inn at Great Neck. It was the best money ever spent!! No matter what time of the day it was we were always five minutes from KP.

    I highly recommend the Inn at Great Neck.

    luv2fly
     
  5. KPEngineer

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    Not exactly ... the USCG sets a limit as to how many people in total can go on the cruise.

    How many tickets your DS ends up with will depend on how many beyond his alotment he can scrounge from his classmates. My senior year there were plenty of people who werent interested in going and gave up their spots. The horse trading didn't go as smoothly as planned, tickets were oversold and a few people got left on the dock so get there early and board early.
     
  6. proudmomcolorado

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    exiting kp

    Please talk to your mid regarding how quickly or slowly they want to exit Kings Point. DS and many, many others from last year were anxious to leave after the graduation ceremony. I believe that most had their cars packed and ready to go days before the actual ceremony. If we were to suggest another night in Great Neck there would have been a mutiny. :thumb:
     
  7. kdbax

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    DS was a 2013. I can add my two cents, although I realize the schedule is different this year. Paramount recommendation: take your cue from your mid. They will know what they want to do and which events they want you involved.

    1. 2014 reports on 6/18 and walks on 6/21. Do they spend those three nights in the barracks? Like Navy1981's mid, DS was staff. He spent all nights prior to graduation on campus. One warning on change of command: Stay out of the way of the mids when they are dismissed. You don't want to be trampled by a mob of 2014s anxious to jump into Eldridge Pool. :biggrin:

    2. Is there a limit to the number of guests DS can invite on the cruise? No limit, but it's expensive. However, we loved it. I'm relatively a local, have done seven cruises out of NYC, and have done several harbor tours - but sailing under the Brooklyn Bridge and past the Statue of Liberty at night is a fantastic experience.

    3. On Fri, 6/20 there is an Academic Awards Convocation and an Awards luncheon. Are these events for the whole class or just awards recipients? We couldn't get to KP in time for convocation. DS said we didn't miss much.

    4. How big a deal is the baccalaureate service? Is it mandatory? Not mandatory. There was a Mets game at Citi Field and DS was happy to opt for that. Funny that we went to a Mets game the night before Indoc in 2009 and then went to a Mets game the day before graduation.

    5. The June Ball is for DS and girlfriend, right? We went to the reception (much more of a parent event) and the ball, but didn't stay long. Although DS didn't have a date, there were a number of other mids in the same boat:biggrin:) and hanging out with us wasn't a priority.

    6. Should we plan on spending Saturday night in or near KP, or will we likely leave town that day? The ceremony is at 10 AM. DS couldn't wait to get off campus! We had our car and DS had his own. He had some things to wrap up so we left before he did. Being a 2 1/2 hour drive from KP, all of us were home by dinner.

    Feel free to answer any questions I'm not smart enough to ask. Thanks.
    Remember how you dropped off your son or daughter at Indoc with a duffel bag and a fan (if your mid was in non-air conditioned housing)? Their belongings will have multiplied over four years. DS had a Jeep Liberty and we had a Ford Explorer, and it took both SUVs to bring home all of DS's belongings. We had his sea projects still occupying the dining room table until shortly before Thanksgiving, even though he left home in August. There are still a number of his KP belongings taking up space.:redface: I do like using his KP coffee mug, though.
     

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