Friday, May 14, 2010

Doctor

And, just like that, it's over.
Mr Renn is now Doctor Renn.

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It was a long evening (looooong evening), but the boys were troopers.  The Captain took many trips into the hall with my parents, and Sir O drove his truck on every conceivable surface.

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Despite some really whiny student speakers, it was still a ceremonious evening with some emotional moments.   At one point while we were seated in the balcony (we later migrated to the unclaimed box seats) my mom noticed that almost a1/3 of the graduates had their phones out and were texting or otherwise checked out.  I don't know whether that's funny or sad.  And the venue, the Academy of Music, was gorgeous.  It's the oldest continuously running theater in the country.  I couldn't help wishing I was watching an opera from those box seats instead of a graduation.

Mr Renn got to drive in to the city with his carpool for the last time for their early roll-call.  He said it was a fairly emotional experience for him to drive with these guys for the last time.  They have spend a lot of time together, and seen an impressive amount of traffic and crazy driving.

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Temple allows students to bring their children with them when they cross the stage to be awarded their diplomas.  It's a nice gesture, and I appreciated it.  However, we became the perfect example of why they might want to change their policy (skip to about 1:20 for Sir O's antics)



And so we have officially been excused from student life.  It's funny how there's melancholy in parting with even unpleasant parts of it once they've become so familiar.  But lest our evening be too sentimental, Sir O disappeared for 15 minutes during the post-ceremony reception and was finally found trying to exit the building on the ground floor.  Gray hair, here I come.

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14 comments:

hairyshoefairy said...

I love that you caught it on video. That's awesome! Hooray for being finished! I agree, it can be hard to part with something even if it was not terribly fun because at least it's familiar. Congrats, again, to Renn for graduating and way to go Em, for keeping up everything else while he was doing school. There's a lot to be said for that.

la_sale_bete said...

Yay! Congrats to Renn and you all for getting through it (the tough times while he was in school as well as the graduation itself!)

Liz said...

That is awesome! What was he doing, trying to make a funny face at the camera up close? Oh how kids make our lives so interesting.

E n D said...

Congrats you guys! It doesn't seem like it's been a whole year since we did that!

Ginnie said...

Congrats Doctor Renn! That is absolutely exciting news :)

Krystal said...

Congrats! You have both worked so very hard. What a perfect day for all of you!

--jeff * said...

points to the crowd for appreciating the antics of sir o.
and points to dr renn for just that.

lastly, points to you, em, for the lovely photography, both for sir o (lovely lighting) and for the first of dr renn, who's lavender gown (honestly?) pops him out from the crowd.

end of points awarded.

Carolanne said...

The audience loved Sir O! I'm sure they were ready for a break by then. :) Congratulations to both of you. That is such a big accomplishment!

Tracy M said...

Congratulations, all of you!! I am sitting here smiling, I am so happy for you!

Devon said...

I LOVE the video! Too funny! Sir O is going to love seeing that someday! Congrats to all of you guys!

Brittany said...

Way to go Dr. Renn! i personally like the leg lifts, or arabesques he was doing. Classic. Can't wait to see what lies ahead for you guys.

aLi said...

I do not think they should change their policy! (In case they decide to change it) That was pure entertainment for all those bored audience members. So awesome.
Congrats!!!!!!!! I can't wait to read about what happens in the next few months!!! (Kind of thankful it's not me moving and being pregnant and all that craziness).

K-Krew said...

Glad you caught that moment on video! Congrats guys!

Carolyn said...

Congratulations Doctor Renn!! That is very exciting!! We are not far behind :)

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