The Graduates

Four days between two graduations: one up north in Buffalo, then down south to DC. It’s a lot of driving. Georgetown University‘s graduation is a week-long festival (the full page schedule): from Wednesday to Sunday. They do things small, like a club, which is the real charm of the school.

Day 1 – Thursday: the first event we attended is the all-important Convocation at 2 pm, which was the first event for the freshmen in 2012. Both were held at the McDonough Arena, their basketball court. The kids wear the same gown, twice. It’s a Jesuit school but religion presence is at its minimum, which is good for the heathens.

All the events have an ensemble to serenade and a reception to follow.

The second event is the Sigma Theta Tau International (IHS – Int’l Honor Society) induction at the beautiful Dahlgren Chapel at 5 pm.

The ceremony is short and sweet. My child worked very hard to attain this honor, even I kept telling them to just have a good time, enjoy their time on campus.

We called it a day after dinner at Clarendon.

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Day 2 – Friday: the day begins with a coffee at Dean & DeLuca and a walk on the Potomac River – Georgetown waterfront park.

The design (city planning) is spectacular: to the right is the Key bridge; across the river is lush green and to the left are restaurants; Swedish Embassy and Kennedy Center.

The lunch is a real treat: kids get together prepared it for us, their parents.

They also made a brief speech to thank us and their loved ones, for their support. The victory lap is toasting with bubbles and drink from it.

We skipped Tropaia at 2 pm.

The Pinning Ceremony is held at the Lohrfink Auditorium @ Hariri Building at 3 pm, when and where they receive their pin, with a yellow rose.

My child in once again, being honored.

The cute dog is their mascot – the kids take turn/designated staff to care for it.

The Ball is held at Union Station, from 9pm-1am. It’s packed with kids, their parents and even babies – in arms and strollers.

The school issued colorful bracelets which made getting in is a breeze – although there was a line when we got there. The food, various cuisines, is decent with the open bar, multi-levels.

Day 3 – Saturday: The commencement is at 12 noon on Saturday. The ensemble is phenomenal, playing Beethoven‘s No 5 (4th movement). Could there be any better final act than this? The kids came in before their professors or faculties – the music is just marvelous. Thanks for giving us a memorable and wonderful ending.

Around the Dupont Circle there are few old bookstores, very charming, later have dinner.

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Nice stroll in Georgetown (church, Key bridge and Rose Park), and revisit the farmer’s market.

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Day 4 – Sunday: moving out day while more events are going on at the school – we didn’t go. We’re all pretty spent. I walked the Key bridge one more time. After breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien we left for home.

Bye bye Georgetown, for now. Thank you and we will meet again.

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