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Seasons of Graduation: Part I Grad School (repost from Open Salon)

The 2008/2009 Master’s candidates of Johns Hopkins University ZanvylKrieger School of Arts and Sciences is filled with parents, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, employers, employees, writers, scientists, researchers, investigators, dreamers, doers, achievers, and thinkers in various phases of career, achievement, life, goals. 

The crowd is a blur of family, friends, colleagues, alumni, faculty, police.  The ceremony, despite applause, cheers, a few ‘I love yous!” and even fewer, “You made its!” is orderly, subdued, Hopkins.

We are changed, and yet unchanged. 

For many of us, a Master’s degree marks the end of an education but surely not the end of learning.  We are now tasked with applying our education to obtain knowledge. We are challenged to reach for new goals and as Hopkins Graduates, to achieve them.

Surrounded by fellow graduates, it is an indescribable feeling, this task to use knowledge to achieve knowledge.  As a Hopkins grad, I am armed with the confidence that the Dean; the speaker, John Astin; the faculty; my family; my friends; and that I hold within.  I am prepared to reach for the next success, and to achieve it.

I plan to celebrate with a small lunch with my children and maybe with a tattoo—a small Blue Jay holding a fountain pen.

I settle for lunch.

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