Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/06/07[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
Day before yesterday I was part of an intimate little crowd of 11,000 people who sat in plastic folding chairs under constant threat of rain next to the Charles River while about 2000 people were conferred with degrees at MIT. My youngest child, Elizabeth, who is a member of the LUG but has been too busy being a student to participate much this year, was awarded a Master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Her cap was attached to her hair with so many bobby pins that she needed her sister's help to get it off her head afterwards. (Last year at her BS graduation, the wind blew her cap off just as the official photographer snapped the official picture). I only got to the ceremony 2 hours before it started, so I was seated so far back that I couldn't see the stage. I did manage to get off a photograph of the Jumbotron video screen while it was showing a smiling Elizabeth, but I forgot that Jumbotrons are interlaced and set the shutter speed too high, so the picture is a little odd. But she showed me the diploma afterwards as proof that she really was up there when they called out her name. Elizabeth's sister (Vanessa) and I did some stopwatch work during the graduation ceremony, and we determined that they were reading the names of, and finding diplomas for, and sending across the stage, 32 graduates per minute. If you are not astonished by that number, why don't you find a list of 32 names from 20 countries and try reading them out loud and see how long it takes you. At least 2 of the test names must have more than 12 syllables. You get no credit unless you pronounce them all correctly. Rehearsing is permitted. I didn't get any pictures because I didn't really want pictures of the backs of the heads of other students' parents, and I was there to jubilate and not to photograph. So I bought package C-7 from the official event photographer, which will include a TIFF with right to print for family use. She's not flying home with me today because she's got a wedding to shoot next weekend here in Boston; then she'll fly home, soon to start an actual job in Cupertino, California. Thanks for listening. I'll probably stop smiling in a few weeks, but next year Elizabeth's sister will graduate from law school and I get to do it again.