|More than 800 students processed onto the field.|
1. That hatred of bleachers I had, back when I was eighteen and forced to sit in them for pep rallies? It's still around. I think I must have terrible balance, because bleachers always make me feel as though I am about to be catapulted down onto the field, especially when everyone comes running down at the end of an event.
2. The National Anthem is a lovely song, especially when sung with heart by a senior drama major.
3. Even though they make that announcement at the beginning of graduation saying "Please don't yell out when your child's name is called, as it could prevent other parents from hearing their child's name," there are still PLENTY of people who are willing to scream loudly, ruining the moment for the people whose special name (or names) come during their caterwauling.
4. A graduation is an august event, but when the audience is sitting in football bleachers, they'll act like the crowd at a football game.
5. It is actually possible to read the names of 800 plus students in less than an hour. It took about fifty minutes.
6. Speeches made at graduations (I've been to three this year) no longer celebrate academia. They are all about pop culture. Today one of the valedictorians quoted Albus Dumbledore, another quoted The Simpsons, and a third went with that graduation favorite, Dr. Seuss. And one of them spent a surprising amount of time talking about cafeteria food.
7. Sometimes teenagers are more mature than are their parents. I base this on the young people who sat politely through several graduation speeches, while the adults around me groused about the time it was taking.
8. I now know what it would look like if tiny people in a shoe box diorama graduated. That was about the size of the graduates from our eagle's nest view (see photo above).
9. They might be phasing out the reading of middle names. I went to graduations for both of my sons, and neither of the name readers included middle names. It was sort of a disappointment.
|My son (left) and a friend celebrate post graduation. His school did not opt for caps and gowns. |
The boys wore black suits with red ties; the girls wore white dresses. This is school tradition.
10. Ernest Hemingway graduated from this same school in 1917. He would not have approved of some of the long-winded writing in the administrator's speeches. :)
Okay--graduations over!! Now I am bound for my niece's wedding, and so begin the summer events. Hopefully I'll get to read some good books as I travel hither and yon, and maybe do some good writing, as well.
What are you all up to this summer?