I value education as much as anyone. Have the degrees to prove it. I also have almost 15 years on the administrative side of higher education, so I'm more than a little familiar with the nature of the proverbial beast.
You know what 2 of my all-time favorite memories are?
1: When the Reds won the World Series in 1990, my dad, the ultimate stick in the mud, pulled me out of high school so that we could drive down from Columbus to Cincinnati for the Fountain Square celebration. I can count on one hand the number of fun things that my old man and I did the first 2 decades of my life. That was one of them.
2: In college, I strolled in late to a seminar one spring afternoon, because I was waiting for a FedEx delivery. The delivery was an envelope of tickets so that some buddies and I could go watch our school play that night in the Sweet Sixteen. A friend who was in on the road trip gave the prof a heads-up that I'd be late. When I walked in, the prof stopped the seminar and applauded my enthusiasm. He literally clapped for me.
Some times the fun things in life don't neatly fall into the calendar and happen when it's most convenient. When they do, it's ok to occasionally say to heck with everything and live for the moment. This is clearly one of those moments in the state of Alabama. No one's education or quality of life is going to be irreparably ruined by shuffling around a couple of days of classes.