How not to tell your parents you dropped out

It was the perfect plan. How could it possibly have not worked?

Danielle Shea of Quincy, Mass., was supposed to graduate from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut over the weekend. The whole family was going to be there to watch. They would, no doubt, be so proud.

Her mother had given her thousands of dollars for her education. There was just one problem. She didn’t attend Quinnipiac University this year and so her name wasn’t on the list of graduates.

So over the weekend, Shea phoned in bomb threats and the commencement was postponed.

She had used her own cellphone to make the calls and she was arrested, while wearing a cap and gown that she bought on her own, inside the arena to where the exercises had been moved.

Some students, however, were so miffed by the confusion, they skipped commencement ceremonies altogether.

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  • MrE85

    On the topic, congrats on your son’s recent graduation from nursing school, Bob.

  • John O.

    She apparently was majoring in Applied Stupidity.

  • Jim G

    We asked our kids to provide access to their progress. One did and one tried to hide that he had dropped out. Investigation, phone calls, and sorting out the shifting facts provided the truth that our student although brilliant was in deep psychological trouble. We found out we had more to worry about than his academic progress.

    • MrE85

      I hope he’s doing better today. Mental illness are tough on everyone in the family.

      • Jim G

        Thank you.

  • Jeff C.

    Growing up outside of Boston in the 80s, it was an annual tradition for students to skip school to go to the Red Sox opening day game (always a daytime game). Almost every year someone would also call in a bomb threat to the high school. I never heard of anyone being caught. Probably because they used a payphone.

  • shleigh

    When I graduated in 2007, we just wrote our names on a card and handed them to somebody w/ the microphone right before we walked across the stage. I suppose this school wasn’t as big so maybe they all sat in order and whatnot.