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Friday, June 6, 2014

Commencement

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Smith Commencement Photos
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Smith Commencement Photos
Smith Commencement Photos
So. I graduated.

Smith's commencement was the subject of some scrutiny and controversy this year after our original speaker, Christine Lagarde, withdrew, and was replaced by Ruth Simmons, a former president of both Smith and Brown. I was sick of this issue as soon as it became one, so all I can say is I am happy to have had a commencement ceremony no one felt the need to protest and disappointed that I lost the chance to hear words of wisdom from one of the most powerful women in the world.

Moving on.

It was another emotional, exhausting day. Smith's commencement involves a lot more pomp and circumstance than any I've ever been to, and I mean that literally. The graduates march in two lines, create a path for the faculty to march through, and then march into their seats. This, as you may imagine, is somewhat time consuming, but I appreciated it much more than I anticipated, especially since it allows the faculty to line the path for the graduates as we leave the ceremony. All the people who have taught me the most and been so important to me over the last four years were there to hug me, shake my hand, or give me a high five.

Skimming over some of Smith's sillier traditions (I'm looking at you, diploma circle!), some of my friends and I headed over to the Grecourt Gates. It's common knowledge at Smith that walking through the gates before your commencement is bad luck. Depending on who you ask, it could result in a failure to graduate, a failure to marry, or both. I'm not terribly superstitious, but I will admit to giving the Grecourt Gates a wide berth until the day I graduated. Better safe than sorry, right?

Saying good bye was the most difficult, and unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity with a number of my friends. I'm confident I will see them again, but I also know that it will be a while. Soon we will be spread all over the country -- perhaps all over the world -- and that makes reunions more difficult. Still, I've been so lucky to call these women my friends for the past four years, and I look forward to many, many more years of that privilege.

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