Well. What can I possibly say that I haven’t said before on the occasion of Commencement, an event with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love all the joy associated with sending wonderful people off to do terrific things. And the ceremony itself — so joyous. I shed a few tears of happiness every year.
And hate is a strong word. The wrong word, in fact. I certainly don’t hate Commencement, but I am annually struck by the bittersweet nature of the event. We in Admissions know that our closest Fletcher friends will be with us for only a couple of years, but we treasure them while they’re here. Admissions Ambassadors, members of the Admissions Committee, Interview Volunteers, and our amazing Graduate Assistants (looking at you, David and Moni!) — the students who keep us in the know about the heart of life at Fletcher. We so enjoy interacting with them, and we’re sorry that our relationship will change.
But change it must, as they transition from students to alumni. And all we can hope (expect! demand!) is that they will stay in touch.
So, to my friends in the Class of 2016, keep us posted! Drop a line now and then. “Friend” us. Link us in. We want to hear from you. After all, the true satisfaction in Admissions work comes at the far end, when we send you off into the world to do those things you wrote about in your application essays. I can’t wait to receive your updates!
For now, BIG congratulations to you and your families, and all best wishes as you move along to your post-Fletcher life!