I shed a tear at commencement when Arthur Pappas was given an honorary degree for his many MANY years of service as a sports medicine doctor. I have a soft spot in my heart for little old men, so when they wheeled him out and honored him, he trembled with pride, and I broke like a little girl. I love when people are good to each other.. it makes the injustices that we all mediate a little less pronounced. I think that the kindness bestowed upon that gentle man on stage somehow erased negativity somewhere else in the world.
The rest of commencement was just as one would imagine, long gowns on a hot day, speeches from people who were engorged with the moment, palpable closure as we stepped off the stage, degrees in hand. It may have been a long LONG tough road, but it was definitely worth it. THE END!