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Friday, April 30, 2010
Buy regalia before tenure?
OK, I said no blogging until I get my final grades in. I have a lot to say about our course management software, but now is not the time. I'm thinking a lot about graduation, tho.
On a Sunday in several weeks, I have been asked to sing in a small group at church (approx 10a). I have been invited to brunch with a very prominent alum who will be the graduation speaker (10:30a), and will also process with the faculty at graduation (12:30p). The only way I can get away with this is because all of these events are within walking distance of each other.
I won't wear regalia to walk in graduation. I know I will stick out like a sore thumb, but the presidents office has given us the option. My excuse is that I am pregnant and it will probably be 90 degrees. But the truth is, I never bought it. I didn't walk in my own graduation (I had started by postdoc overseas by then). I walked once since I've been here and I borrowed the regalia that time. I was only in the audience the other times.
This year, however, the freshmen that "started" with me are graduating, and I feel far more invested this year than in years past. I will know a good 1/3 of the graduating class, and like 80% of those.
So I really want to walk this year, but didn't arrange for regalia in time. That stuff can be damned expensive- like $500- and then the question: do you buy regalia before you get tenure?
Addendum: Thanks Biochem Belle (in comments) for this link: