Graduates make a splish-splash
Talk about timing. Because of tricky and occasionally ominous weather forecasts, students, families, faculty and staff on campus wondered whether Commencement 2013 on May 20 would occur on the Quad or in the Joel. The graduates I talked with were clear about what they wanted: an outdoor Commencement. That’s what the 1,700 graduates got, plus decent weather until the end.
After listening to journalist Gwen Ifill of PBS deliver the address and receiving diplomas, graduates marched, tassels on their mortarboards now on the left, through the receiving line of faculty members toward Reynolda Hall. As if on cue, the clouds burst, dousing our newest alumni with a celebratory drenching. Facing each other in two rows like square dancers, soaked professors stood their soggy ground while applauding and clapping graduates on the back during the final march. The day’s festivities, despite the rain, inspired the “Wake!” cheer and the “Forest!” answer. Here’s to Commencement.
Maria Henson (’82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large