Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader notes that it is college graduation season. He attended one today. His nephew was graduated today from the University of Mary Washington. (NB: Which he still thinks of as Mary Washington College. Because that is what it was for ever and ever. Just like his own alma mater, which went from Longwood College to Longwood University.) This graduation will be the first of a number of them over the next few years. Villainette #1 will be graduating from university next year. Then another nephew from high school the year after that. Then Villainette #2 from university in 2021. Then the Wee Villain and a niece from high school in 2022. Over the next few years your Maximum Leader is going to be compelled to sit through overly long ceremonies in questionable weather listening to people say doubtful things.

All in all, today’s graduation at UMW was very good. We had excellent, and shaded, seats. The ceremony was relatively quick (in that no one spoke for very long - the featured speaker was allowed 10 minutes). Your Maximum Leader was informed that due to a new staff member reading the graduates names in a more crisp and speedy fashion a full 40 minutes was trimmed off last year’s graduation. Your Maximum Leader doffs his bejeweled mylan cap to him. (He did do a fantastic job.)

Your Maximum Leader isn’t as sure that he’ll be as lucky with Villainette #1’s graduation next year. She is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU is the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginny. She will have two ceremonies. The main one with the main speaker and all the graduates. Then a “smaller” one (of about 4000) for just her college within the university. It will be the same when Villainette #2 graduates from Virginia Tech. That is a lot of sitting and listening for your Maximum Leader in the month of May to come. He probably ought to buy a nice cushion to bring with him…

Carry on.

Robbo said:

I’m pretty much in the same boat starting next year, with Eldest graduating from SBC and Youngest from high school. My nephew also graduates from Tech. I’ve got nieces at Clemson and South Carolina coming up in the next couple years, as well as Middle Gel at CNU. A cushion seems a very good idea.

It’s the Circle of Life, man! I never travelled much until siblings and friends started getting married. Then it was Christenings. Now it’s graduations. Followed, no doubt, by more weddings, more Christenings, and (if I make it that long) more graduations as the next generation appears and grows up. (Then, of course, there are the funerals, but I’m hoping not to have too many more of those in the near future.)

It is the circle of life indeed. It is funny. I have a small family. But when I was young we celebrated 5 birthdays in June (including my own) and I was the youngest. By the time I was 25 all my other relatives with June birthdays had passed on. Now I find we celebrate 6 birthdays in June, and I am the oldest and statistically likely to be the first to shuffle my mortal coil. (Though hopefully not for a while yet.)

Congratulations (in advance) for all the graduations…

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