Just last week my husband and I attended the graduation of our two oldest children! Our daughter graduated with a Master of English degree, and our son with a Bachelor of Computer Science. My son did NOT want to “walk”, let alone pay for the graduation gown and mortarboard rental. I’m very glad he did, and he’s very glad (now) that he did.
This punctuation in life was so memorable!
Ironing the gowns together (in shifts), hearing Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” (which makes me teary), my children’s gowns billowing in the wind, mortarboard tassels waving, all made me grateful for ceremony: how ceremony reflects values in every culture and gives us a sense of belonging, whether it is a Japanese tea ceremony, erecting totem poles in ancient British Columbia, or walking around in billowing Medieval graduation gowns that visually tie us to the past and present. It was a great day.