Wow. Imagine having to pay them to not go. Better than them paying you to go!
One thing that shows your conscious mindset is the fact that even your subconscious was aware of the proper answer to give. You are free from programming unlike your schoolmates. Good for you!!!
So you had to return your caps and gowns, like handing in your uniform from knowledge to get your new uniforms for the adult stage- war and industry.
It's amazing that you remembered your dream at all. That could be the annoying part. That or trying to make sense of it!