For those of us on the east side of CC2, we’ve had our blinds shut for most of the week. There have been multiple tents erected outside in preparation for today’s Commencement Ceremony and the glare from the sun off the tilted canvas is somewhat blinding. Let’s talk about the tents.
Tent #1: Was erected to protect us from having to see the on-going construction project happening on the Mobius Stairs. It looks much like an archaeological dig, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our science faculty have secretly been exploring the catacombs underneath the patio after hours. During the daylight hours, construction crews are fixing a pesky water leak that is, of course, under 10 tons of concrete. Please don’t sit in Tent #1 today.
Tent #2: Is an off-set, smaller structure on top of the Mobius Patio. This is the tent for the stage party at today’s ceremony. As you’ll see, it doesn’t align well with Tent #3. It’s off-set due to Tent #1 and we had to install a new set of stairs to allow folks to get up and down from Stage Left. If you are coming up to Tent #2 today, please use caution. And for those of us blessed/cursed with a need for symmetry, this is not the year to breathe easy.
Tent #3: Is the Party Tent. It is where the students, employees, and families will sit this afternoon and is ready for 1000 people. It is expected to rain today at 4:00 (50% chance). It has never rained once in the time I’ve been President; this is my 7th Commencement at Cascadia. While there is always a first time for everything, I’m hoping that the entity that controls the rain has not been upset by the archaeological dig taking place under Tent #1.
With that said, please huddle under dry spaces, still please attend, and please help keep everyone in the joyous spirit that should pervade today. Umbrellas may be common; let’s work around them. Attitudes may get a little wet; help us dry them with humor and good will. Today is about our students, the product of all of our hard work. Thank you for helping escort them on this journey and while we have a few challenges today, we have taught them how to adapt, learn, and be successful. We, as their teachers & role models, also know how to adapt, learn and be successful…so I’m looking forward to putting that to good use.
Thank you for a good year.