Sunday's picture and a song - graduation!



Today's the big day! To the tune of Pomp and Circumstance, our son will march onto Nickerson Field with his fellow students for Boston University's All-University Commencement that will last about two hours. After that, we'll rush to the Agganis Arena for the College of Communication convocation. Our fingers are crossed that it's Philippe who walks across the stage when his name is called and not someone else because he forgot his graduation gown in the park on Friday. When Philippe went back to get it, all that was left was an empty bag and receipt. If you see someone roaming the streets of Boston in a red gown, there's a good chance that it belongs to Philippe. Let's just hope that they don't decide to take his diploma, too!

If my eyes aren't too blurry to focus the camera, there will be a photo to go along with the song later today. Pomp and Circumstance makes me cry whenever I hear it, especially when it means that one of our children have reached a new stage in their lives.

Congratulations to all of the college graduates in Boston this weekend. There are lots of them!

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  1. Congratulations to your son! That is such a big accomplishment. Sorry to hear that someone made off with his gown. Why would anyone do such a thing?

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    1. Thanks! We actually had lots of fun speculating about who might have made off with Philippe's gown. The story is now part of our family lore that will be told at gatherings for years to come.

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  2. how very excellent! shame about the theft--people will steal anything, crazy. You must be so very proud and happy. Have a great celebration, I'm sure you will.

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    1. Thank you, Joseph! It was a wonderful day and the celebration will continue throughout the week because we were all too tired to have the celebratory dinner last night. I think that we're going to have it on Friday night.

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  3. Congrats to your son and hope he went on the field in his cap and gown!! I skipped commencement at Nickerson Field and only went to the one for Sargent College (the BU allied health school). Hey, that was in the 70's when everyone was too busy "feeling groovy" and had to spend the earlier hours recovering....lol
    and YES, do think about another visit to Boston in the Fall. Will keep you updated on my travel plans both domestic and abroad.

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    1. Oh, and if you have time while you are in Boston, head up to Glouchester and go on a whale watch! The whales should be active now. (location for the movie "The Perfect Storm") Nearby Rockport is a picturesque coastal town to wander and grab lunch.

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    2. http://www.gloucesterwhalewatching.com/2012-5-14.html

      Apparently they are VERY active this week!

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    3. I just checked out the whale videos, Nancy. Very cool! I'd love to do a whale watch.

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    4. Thanks for the info and the link for the whale watching, Nancy! We're still trying to figure out the schedule for the rest of this week - if I don't get to see them this time, perhaps I will during my next visit to Beantown.

      Things haven't changed that much from the 70s because all of the students laughed when the commencement speaker teased that some of them were probably nursing hangovers in the bright sun at Nickerson Field.

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  4. Felicitations to you, Stephane and Phillipe! College graduation is quite an accomplishment...for the student and the parents!

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    1. Thank you, Jane! The student and his parents are feeling particularly pleased this morning! :)

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  5. I love 'Pomp and Circumstance' - I don't hear it very often and enjoyed listening to it, thank you! Congratulations to you all. GM

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    1. What do they play during graduations in NZ? I remember feeling disappointed when they didn't play it during our daughter's high school commencement from a British school because it's such a large part of American ceremonies. Whenever I hear it, my eyes automatically well up with tears. It's a Pavlovian response.

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    2. Yes, same here re the welling up of eyes! I think each university in NZ has their own graduation song. Our one at Auckland is pretty dreary...

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  6. A momentous occasion. I hope that all goes well. Congratulations to your son.

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    1. Thanks for the congratulations! I'll pass them on to Philippe!

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