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Thursday, June 3, 2010

2010 Graduation #2

I was certain that tonight's graduation would be rained out and forced into a tight sweaty gymnasium, but alas the administration decided to risk it all and hold it at the stadium.

As you know I love graduations, but I love them even more when they are outside on a beautiful evening.

That being said, tonight wasn't all that beautiful.

The sky was dark.

There was thunder rumbling in the distance.

As the 279 graduates marched out to that all too familiar tune of Pomp and Circumstance many of them lost their mortarboards.

I kept my fingers crossed for them that they would get through the entire commencement with no rain. By the time they started to announce the graduates, this seemed more and more unlikely.

So unlikely, in fact, that I headed toward the exit when they reached students with the last name beginning with H. I usually stay until the mortarboards fly, but I really didn't want to get wet and I really didn't want everything I'd written to get wet.

My favorite quote of the evening? Originally spoken by Louis Pasteur, and said by the salutatorian:

Whether our efforts are, or not, favored by life, let us be able to say, when we come near the great goal, I have done what I could.”

So have you done what you could?

2 random thoughts:

Jenners said...

Talk about a gamble holding it outside with thunder in the background.

I really love that quote!

septembermom said...

That is a powerful quote. That was a memorable graduation for a couple of reasons apparently. Mother Nature had her own way of applauding those graduates!!

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