Commencement ceremonies may not happen until May, but for me they’re right now.
Let me explain. I’m currently building a new commencement website. There is a great deal of information to organize and communicate and I am neck-deep in it all.
Commencement is the most important thing we do.
Much of the information is geared toward students, but families and friends are also included. Schedules and other critical instructions are sorted by college.
Believe it or not – if you have a twenty-something college student for a child, my guess is you believe it – some students don’t know their college.
That’s right. After four-plus years and all those classes in the Arts and Letters Building, some literature major will email commencement organizers to ask, “What’s my college?”
This prompted me to include on the site a list of majors and departments by college. I’m sure we’ll still get those emails.
Cynicism aside, commencement is the most important thing we do. More important than the novel discoveries, innovative programs and community service, graduating students defines the value of San Diego State University.
I’m reviewing hundreds of photos from last year’s commencement and I’m struck by the emotions captured in each snapshot – a mix of elation, pride, satisfaction.
A few knowing students look afraid, perhaps about entering the real world.
But most look happy. They leave campus with terrific memories, hard-earned achievements and the initiative to take on their next challenge.
To the class of 2012, I offer a hearty, “Congratulations!”