My point is that she is running Malcolm's life for him. Making decisions that are not up to her to decide. Graduation is only one example. She made him get a job working with her at Lucky Aide so he could be under her constant supervision. In "Stilts" also told him he'd have his precious space when SHE finds a wife for him. Which again is not her decision. And then there was Hal thinking he was the one who was going to decide which College Malcolm would go to, and hiding Malcolm's application letter to try and stop him from going to Harvard.