Friday, June 20, 2008
Doesn't Luke look creepy with the hood on? Granted, they don't wear it like that any more, but back in the day in the universities in England they sure did. Graduation, as usual at Harvard, dawned drizzly and chilly. We started the day with Laurel in a graduation-appropriate spring dress with a sweater and tights, but the temperature refused to budge so she ended the ceremonies in a warmer pantsuit - with her favorite striped socks!
The more private diploma ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Park (under a tent) was lovely - hearing the pomp and circumstance and seeing Luke marching with his classmates brought me to tears. This leg of our life together has certainly not been the easiest - we've felt buffeted about psychologically, physically, and emotionally. I'm so proud of Luke for this masterful accomplishment. Regardless of the challenges, we came together as a team to get us both through our graduate coursework and through new parenthood. Working hard for the sake of our little family was the best incentive of all.
Also a picture of the ceremonies in Harvard Yard (which all graduates - be they undergraduates or graduate students - attended). The gentlemen in top hats and tails are members of the Commencement Committee. Qualifying for which probably entails a very large donation to the University's endowment.
J.K. Rowling spoke at graduation, and we ran into her the next day during a late lunch at Luke's favorite Italian restaurant in the North End. Small world!