Thursday, 8 February 2007
Tomorrow I am going to the graduation ceremony for our students. It is always quite a nice feeling to see students celebrating their achievements. We have to wear our gowns and sit at the end of the row and get up and applaud loudly when they go up to get their awards. The ceremony starts with a procession on the stage of people with very brightly coloured gowns. A local mayor or two turn up, the pro-vice chancellor gives the same speech he gave last year, someone gets presented with an honorary doctorate, the students go up on stage to get their awards, everyone rushes to meet parents and then they all run off into town! Its a bit of a strange English custom and reminds me a bit of the shows my sister used to go to when she was a body builder!