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Subject: [Leica] OT, but joyful: saloon keeper's daughter graduates
From: Frank.Dernie at (Frank Dernie)
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 07:14:19 +0100
References: <E32CA9763BCC1AEB92D4B9C8@Visible-Trout.local>

I have attended 4 graduation ceremonies for 3 of my children so far,  
the last, a PhD, was conducted almost entirely in Welsh...
A time to be proud!
Congratulations and best wishes Elizabeth,

On 7 Jun, 2009, at 20:39, Brian Reid wrote:

> 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.
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