Monday, December 19, 2005

Medieval Traditions

We had our largest ever graduation at UHD. It's funny to see everyone in these costumes that haven't changed all that much from the twelfth century or so. Many other things have changed, however, when the medieval universities were explicitly Christian and almost exclusively male. I had to read out the names of the graduates of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, so I had an anxious time preparing to read monikers which come from all over the globe and show the wonderful diversity of our campus life. I'm just glad I didn't know I was going to end up on TV, too! Yikes -- our departmental administrative assistant, Ruby Brown-Hogan, told me she saw me on the news. Am I destined only to be photographed in funny hats?

2 comments:

Patricia Golemon said...

Well, Kate, I hope that's the hat you wore to read out the names. I wish I had been there; I could help you with some of the names; after all these years at UHD one must learn them. But I'm sure you did beautifully. I always like graduation because the students are so happy and we get to see them as they cross the finish line, so to speak. It's very rewarding. If we could just do away with the speeches, it could be fun, as well . . .

The Queen said...

Oh, but you have such a lovely 'hat face', Kate!