Tonight I am at the graduation ceremony for a couple of my friends here in Ridgefield, and I thought it would be worthwhile to do an experiment with live blogging. Here goes it.
3:45pm – Left work early today because I know traffic will be horrible. Time for some noms.
3:56pm – After a random last-minute project, now leaving.
4:06pm – Nom nom nom.
4:14pm – Finished eating. Time for traffic. Probably won’t be writing for a while.
6:29pm – That was a nightmare. Found parking. Now time to find a seat.
6:39pm – Found a seat in the bfe. It should be peaceful at least. Found my two friends’ names in the Commencement Ceremony guide.
6:48pm – Met some people sitting behind me who knew one of my friends.
6:59pm – A shy redhead behind me was afraid of introducing herself to possible but not certain relatives.
7:01pm – No sign of the ceremony starting soon. People are still coming in looking for seats.
7:03pm – Bagpipes! I guess we’re getting started.
7:04pm – The graduates are walking in.
7:20pm – It looks like all the graduates are inside. Some late guests are now looking for seats. I recognize some of these people. Too bad they didn’t see me wave at them.
7:24pm – National anthem time. Well done.
7:26pm – Time for recognition. Lots of recognition, even retirees.
7:34pm – Here is a video speech from Japan. And a shy little girl in the row in front of me is holding her ears because of the loud noises. Now it’s time to honor some faculty.
7:40pm – Nice speeches so far. Way to honor GED students as well.
7:44pm – Now this student body president is one polished young woman. Way to conquer your fears.
7:48pm – Free scholarship time.
7:52pm – The keynote speaker is from my neck of the woods, and a former Seahawk too. Interesting way to point out his own background while praising students again, and the lady doing sign language. Oh, to have a clean slate. You can tell this guy used to be a sales manager.
8:12pm – Now it’s time for a video retrospective. I like the focus on community, which is easier said than done. In a community, there are many ways to struggle.
8:17pm – Good sense of humor from the last speaker between these students and their degrees.
8:19pm – The GED students walk.
8:23pm – And now for the community college students.
8:41pm – Both of my friends called back to back. A lot of cheering, and plenty of people who can’t follow the rules to stay seated until every name is called.
9:05pm – I saw some of my friends leaving so I ran to catch up with them and take some pictures. Time to head home.