Graduatory
By Dwip May 29, 2010, 8:58 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

In which I’m going to talk about Sarah having a Significant Life Event for a while. A good one. There are pictures. You may see them below the fold.

Some time ago now, on an internet now far far away, I was in a gaming clan by the name of Tonto. Good sort of place, lots of members spanning the range from very young to pretty old. Good times were had by all, although I won’t dwell on them because that’s not my point here.

Came a time when this girl joined up. Called herself Regina, a name some of you are probably familiar with. She was pretty young, middle school aged, but once she got out there and started participating in things, be they debates in the history forum or giving relationship advice, she took the place by storm. Here was a girl, we all agreed amongst ourselves, who was destined to Go Places.

A bunch of years and some hefty events later, I’m pleased to tell you that that girl I knew clear back when has, in fact, Gone Places. This past Monday, Sarah graduated from Yale with a Classics degree, magna cum laude with distinction in the major, and a GPA number higher than I can count.

At this juncture I wish to point out that I’ve been telling her that she’s ludicrously smart for years at this point, and I’m pleased to say that now that she has her diploma in hand, she actually believes me. I’d also like to say that Yale’s a latecomer here, and it took them quite a while to figure out what I’ve known for the better part of a decade. I guess it’s true what they say about large institutions being slow.

I should probably also note that she also got hired to be an intern at The Atlantic, a publication whom you may have heard of previously, as it is of some importance to the national life and discourse. So the rest of the world is finally waking up to this “she’s really smart!” thing at long last. It’s about time.

Praise heaping aside, I’m pretty proud of Sarah. She’s worked incredibly hard for an incredibly long time, and she’s done very well for herself. That said, try though I may, I don’t think I’m quite as proud of her as her mother, who was something akin to a hyper-happy force of nature for the two days of graduation, and thinking about it still makes me a little tired.

Our graduate is a little pleased herself, I might note:

Since I come her to praise Sarah, and not to bury you all in a wall of text, I’ll gloss over most of the ceremonies -10 or 12 hours worth, never mind the time spent packing and moving and waiting on CT Transit’s lack of busses. It was good times, I assure you.

So, Sunday was Class Day. University-wide thing, lots of speeches, people wore silly hats:

Or, in Sarah’s case, hats with tradition, but. Also in evidence were Fake Steven Spielberg, probably Denzel Washington, and President Clinton, who gave a speech that didn’t suck.

No, seriously, it’s pretty good. I liked it.

There were also a bunch of awards given, but since none of them involved Sarah, I won’t bother you with them except to say that having watched her for four years at Yale, I seriously have no idea where these people find the time.

Monday was the actual graduation, and as most of you have been to a few, I won’t burden you with the blow by blow there either, except to say that man were there a lot of people there, man if you’re going to graduate that many people, you need to seat alphabetically and seriously I mean that, and man was it ridiculously hot. Suffice it to say that she has a diploma. It is in Latin, which I figure is somewhat appropriate, all things considered.


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avatar Comment by Hanaisse #1
May 29, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Mega Congrats to Sarah. That’s quite a feat of accomplishment. Best wishes and best of luck in whatever the future holds.

avatar Comment by Samson #2
May 30, 2010 at 1:44 am

Gratz on surviving the grind, and good luck at The Atlantic!

avatar Comment by Suzanne #3
May 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Nice job, Sarah! Congrats!

avatar Comment by Regina #4
June 1, 2010 at 12:34 am

Hanaisse, Samson, Suzanne – thanks so much!

(I would say thanks to Erik, but I said them in person already. A few times. I think he knows.)

avatar Comment by Clyos #5
June 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Congrats on surviving the collegiate grind on the first go round, magna cum laude no less. It’s considerably better than trying for magna cum lager. Enjoy working at Atlantic. I hope I have such success trying to find a job after I graduate later this June.

avatar Comment by Regina #6
June 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Thank you, Cole! Good luck to you as well. Although I heard today that engineering is like one of the three professions in the U.S. that’s growing and hiring, so you may not need my well-wishes.

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