The day was a great one, emotionally hard, but great. Why emotionally hard? Because saying good-bye is hard for me. I think I play it pretty close to the chest, but it's not because I don't care. But it was a day of consolations for me. It was a Catholic tour-de-force with the great Bishop Mulhall presiding at the mass, Sr. John Mary, S.V. (Sisters of Life) giving the commencement address, beautiful music, wonderful friends, and our great president, Dr. Keith Cassidy, overseeing the whole affair. Unfortunately, I did not have a picture of the class rep. (other than behind Amy, below), who delivered the farewell address, Jonathan Baker. I consider myself a pretty good public speaker, but I must confess that in light of Bishop Mulhall, Sr. John Mary and Mr. Baker, I feel very inadequate now! Mr. Baker's speech was just awesome, touching, and flawlessly delivered.
Here are some pictures:
|Me with two of the graduates, Margaret Campbell and Alec McEwan, |
who is making fun of my mustache! Yes, I have a mustache.
|This was a really fun moment as we waited for the ceremony to begin, |
sharing some laughs with some students, and Dr. Ryan Freeburn,
|The Procession enters the church on the best day of weather we've had so far this year.|
|Three of the most talented Catholic men in the country: |
from left to right, Michael O'Brien, Dr. David Beresford, and President Keith Cassidy.
|Some of my dear colleagues.|
|Sorry for the poor ordering of these pictures. The liturgical procession.|
I know I said this last year, and will probably say it again next year, but not having had any special attachments to my Alma Maters, graduation day brings about a lot of unfamiliar feelings in me. I am relieved that our hard work is over for a while, a task has been completed, and yet I am sad that I am saying good-bye to so many wonderful people. I tend to get frustrated with the limitations and imperfections I see in my students over the year, but I cannot help but look at them as they receive their certificates - especially the third-year students - with deep admiration and satisfaction, looking upon a group of people who are objectively wonderful, singular human beings. Morally, I know they are head-and-shoulders above me, so I cannot really feel like I have contributed a whole lot to their formation, although I do try. But nevertheless, despite the farmer, God gives great growth to the plant sometimes...