Friday, May 4, 2012

Graduation 2012

One of the highlights of the academic year at our community college is graduation.  We're small enough that the faculty know most of the students in the ceremony.  Because we have so many first generation college students, the families of the students make a big deal out of the graduation.

Because of the weather, we had to have the ceremony indoors.  We have a small auditorium, so the graduation was held in shifts.  There were five different processions, and the families of the students filed out after each round of degree conferences.  This made for a longer ceremony, but it was much more comfortable for the people involved.  The only possible exception was the college president, who had been at the college since 6:00am.  The draw back for me is that I missed the opportunity to meet the families of a couple of my students.  I was hoping to brag about Carlos to his family.

There is already an article on the graduation on the local paper's website.  You can read it here.  One impressive feature is that it records the graduates by county.  There are 32 counties total represented, and one student from Virginia.

For good measure, here is the best picture of a Clooney that I've yet taken.  It is of the back of Nick Clooney's head.  As a former news anchor, that's an uncommon angle to get his picture.  By all accounts, Mr. and Mrs. Clooney are very friendly people.  I just never get close enough to say "hi".