A cousin is graduating this coming Saturday. Grandpa wants to attend the ceremony so bad as to ignore his swollen leg. This sort of thing really matter to parents. I realize it's important for some people. I didn't come to my graduation. Maybe if I was the valedictorian or graduating with honors,... maybe not even then. Does it make your degree any more special? They become important because I make them important. It doesn't suddenly become important because everybody else think it's important. My parents said it was up to me, and I decided without further consideration not to go. If they'd insist me to go, I'd do it for them only because it'd be important for them. It wouldn't be important for me even if I went.