What is commencement?
A beginning? A ceremony? Both?
I’ve written about commencements before . . .
here . . . (the language of music)
here . . . (Commencement and ILA15)
here . . . (college graduation and a green river)
here . . . (since last March)
and here! (a micro-essay about TSA Troubles)
There are some extra special memories associated with Commencement this year.
We now have another Doctor in the family . . . in a new generation.
College commencement ceremonies for the son and granddaughter.
The decorated mortarboards that instantly make my eyes leak rivers.
High school graduations for friends and the step-grandkids.
And then a preschool graduate later this week. That will be a new one for me.
I’m a sucker for “Pomp and Circumstance”.
I’m a sucker for great speeches.
I believe Jason Reynold’s speech at Lesley College was just the right length and oh, so true . . . but I’m not including a link because the entire video is over two hours. I had a major fail when I sent it to the kids. You just need to find the 50 minute mark and listen for the next 10 – 11 minutes.
“We made it!”
What do you think makes a great Commencement Speech?
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