As a faculty member, I eagerly await the announcement of the graduation speaker knowing that the ceremonies can seem long if you don't have an energetic or engaging speaker. I may bemoan the loss of a Saturday wearing hot robes in Louisiana weather, but what a big day for the students! Some of my colleagues responded to the requirement to attend graduation with outright groans, "not again" and "why should I be there?"
|Magazine reading at graduation|
Because we should lead by example. Because even though I love texting, social networking, blogging and working via my mobile devices I should stay in the moment---especially such a powerful moment! It made me sad to see so many folks absorbed in texting about graduation and updating social media status boxes without (seemingly) being fully present in what was going on. I realize some of us can process fully while texting and navigating mobile devices, but it just wouldn't seem or feel the same to me---and I felt bad, as a fellow communicator at public events, for our speaker to look out and see heads down! So, I kept my hands off my cell phone, I tucked myself into the extremely uncomfortable folding chair in my sweltering black robe and settled in for a nice, long procession of names while marveling in the family cheers, the fist pumps of graduates as they walked across the stage and the amazing feeling that I was lucky enough to be a very small part of that student's academic journey.