Sailing the Seas of Seats

empty chairs for commencementBlog friends, it is ON. Commencement time! If mulch is the herald of Commencement, the seas of seats are its first-arriving foot soldiers. During this week each year I can’t resist taking a peek as workers assemble this ocean of no-motion on the upper quad. It’s like 10,000 chairs. Fine, maybe not, but it’s definitely one of the larger assemblages of empty seating you’re likely to see outside of a stadium, and it’s a sight to behold. This weekend will see graduates and their familiars fill every last corner of this recliny briny (okay, okay, I’ll stop).

It’s going to be a scorcher, both in the intensity of celebration and actual temperature. Predicted highs are in the mid-90s, a meteorological clap-back to those who equate the Boston area with Hoth. Fortunately for everyone the main quad is well-shaded, and the Fletcher portion of the weekend’s festivities will take place under a tent. Fans and water stations will abound.

A highlight of the weekend (other than the graduate processional, obviously) will be the keynote remarks of Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman of The Mahindra Group and Non-Executive Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. You can find full details on the weekend, and watch the live stream, here.

Happy Commencement, everyone!

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