I go to a strictly online school that is 8 hours away. My graduation ceremony is coming up soon. I have thought about how much money it will cost to drive there and back, plus the food, and hotel expense, etc. My parents are 81 and 85. They both have to use walkers, plus take a lot of medication. I don't think that I want to drag them, my family, and myself through all of this to walk across the stage. It will be expensive plus dramatic due to their heath needs. I think it would be simpler to have a graduation dinner for the family, get some gifts, and call it a day. This is a disadvantage of online schools. They can be a long distance from your place of residence. You may not want to go to the ceremony after counting the costs. I guess for me that at the end of the day, all I want is the piece of paper (diploma) and to be happy (comfortable) and safe with my family.