Saturday, May 23, 2015

Poem for Saturday, Ex Post Facto, UMCP Engineering Commencement

The Voice
By Shel Silverstein

There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
"I feel this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong."
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What's right for you--just listen to
The voice that speaks inside


Another entry long on photos and short on text -- it has been another long but celebratory day! In the morning I posted a review of Star Trek Voyager's "Ex Post Facto" (not really worth reading, not really worth rewatching). Then we retrieved Adam, picked up my parents, and went to College Park, where we gathered up Daniel and his cap and gown and went to a reception for engineering students.

Paul's parents joined us at the engineering school commencement ceremony, which like the main university commencement took place in the Xfinity Center. We went to Mamma Lucia for dinner afterward, took my parents home, and are now discussing Adam's plan to double-major in finance and computer science, which could possibly mean another UMCP engineering school commencement in our future!

One of many decorated mortarboards we saw this week!

There was a reception before the engineering school commencement ceremony in the plaza near the academic buildings.

Daniel with two friends from high school also graduating from UMCP (Shelley was his high school senior prom date).

At the reception before we descended on the tables of cookies and cupcakes...

...and after we'd found the iced tea and lemonade.

At Xfinity Center before entering for commencement.

The very impressive student speaker, a mechanical engineer with three minors including one in rhetoric...

...and the guest speaker, the chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas & Electric.

The computer engineers sat behind the civil engineers, some of whom wore hard hats (some fire safety engineers wore fire hats, and one doctoral candidate wore Tom Baker's scarf).

Daniel about to receive his documents after being announced as a departmental honors graduate.

The graduate with parents and grandparents, photo taken by his brother.

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