What a beautiful Commencement weekend! Two fabulous sunny days tucked between the Boston area’s first heat wave and a dreary rainy Monday — what more could we ask for? As planned, I arrived yesterday in time to snag folks as they moved from the all-University graduation to the Fletcher ceremony. I didn’t catch everyone (sadly) but, among others, I was happy to see student bloggers Adnan, Tatsuo, and McKenzie. (Adnan and Tatsuo both apologized for delays in sending their final posts. I’m sure we’ll hear from them soon.) McKenzie was honored on Saturday with a prize for academic achievement and community involvement by a graduating student. Any of the finalists for the award would have been worthy — being selected is truly a big honor. Congratulations, McKenzie!
Then, once the processions were complete, we all settled down for speeches and the distribution of diplomas. The Fletcher website offers quick summaries of both Commencement and Class Day, and the Tufts website offers details and photos from the all-University ceremony (also called Phase I). Here’s an example:
I had a great view of the proceedings, but one that was frequently interrupted by photographers, so I’ll let the websites do the talking. But I still want to share two photos that represent a special joy. There are a good number of children who started life while a parent was a Fletcher student. Two examples from among our PhD graduates are Rizwan (adorable daughter) and Avner (adorable twin boys), who are receiving their PhD “hoods”:
The reaction of the “graduating kids” from all degree programs was priceless. Many weren’t sure what was going on, but there was one lovely little girl in her own gown who totally owned the stage!
Once the PhD graduates had all been recognized, the ceremony concluded and everyone moved off to a reception. The end of another academic year! A few graduates have said they’ll stop by this week, which will ease our transition to the very quiet summer. For a few days, though, we’ll enjoy the glow of having launched the newest members of the Fletcher alumni family!