May 12, 2005

Pomp and Circumstance

It's graduation time for college students and high school students will be following soon. Some kids even get preschool graduations. So let's direct our thoughts towards graduation ceremonies.

(1) Who was the most memorable (good or bad) graduation speaker at a ceremony you've attended -- not necessarily your own?

(2) Approximately how many graduation ceremonies have you been in as a graduate and how many others have you gone to?

(3) After finishing high school and/or college what did you do for the summer?

Bonus Question:

What was your favorite graduation gift?

My answers will be up in a while. So there you go.


I'm up.

Posted by: jim at May 12, 2005 09:09 AM

I'm going to just answer the bonus question, as I only have vague and hazy memories about graduation.

I was the first in my "era" to get a college diploma, and both my grandmas as well as the rest of my family made the three hour trip to UofIll. My grandfather, divorced from my grandma many years prior, did not and it was not a surprise since he did not make much of an effort for family things (not the warm-fuzzy kind of grandpa).

When I saw him a few weeks later he gave me some money ($100?) and said he was sorry for missing my graduation. When I made the perfunctory noise "Oh, that's OK", he looked me right in the eye and said "No, it's not OK." That has been treasured longer than the money or anything else I received, knowing that he cared.

Posted by: MarcV at May 12, 2005 09:49 AM

1) Lattie Coor, who had given the same speech for 20 years (or more)... how lame is that for a president of a University (now a past president)... I thought it very very lame, and apparently, he is proud of that speech... it sucked, enough said!
2) 1 as a grad, 3 and a guest
3)work at the job that put me through college
4) a silver pin that is of the Mexican water god

Posted by: Blair at May 12, 2005 09:51 AM

Mine are up.

(And again, many thanks, Jordana!)

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 12, 2005 09:52 AM

I'm up!

Posted by: Sarah G. at May 12, 2005 11:33 AM


Posted by: skinnydan at May 12, 2005 12:26 PM

Henry Kissinger spoke at my high school graduation. Sadly, I don't remember anything of what he said. I was more interested in how cute I looked in my white dress and what party I was going to attend that weekend. (I am hanging my head in shame for the youth that I was.)

After high school I didn't do anything worth mentioning before college started. Unless tanning on the beach and acquiring my fake id have any merit.

The only other graduation I attended was when my husband graduated college. I didn't attend mine.

Boy, do I hope my kids are not like I was.

Posted by: chris at May 12, 2005 09:18 PM

This has been my first foray into the world of blogging and it's been quite entertaining. Many thanks all.

I found the site by doing a google for words ending in 'z' for a style guide I am attempting to write (use of apostrophes).

Not sure what software you are using for the creation of the site but I noticed your struggle to pop in an — em dash (in my language an em rule). If you put in the html code, you can get the application to parse it for you. Write & mdash ; without spaces and you're set.

Best wishes, Peanut

Posted by: Peanut at May 31, 2005 05:06 AM