Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Coker Graduated More than 180 Saturday
The campus is pretty quiet right this minute. Okay, so most people don't normally get to work until 8:30 or 9:00 but the real reason is the students are gone. We will pick up a little tomorrow afternoon when Term V of the Night School starts -- today it is quiet. Coker does an outdoor graduation in one of the most picturesque settings that I can imagine. Davidson Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus and our primary Liberal Arts classroom building is the backdrop for the impressive ceremony. (A photo will show that setting.) This 101st Coker graduation had a bit of a twist as the President of the College, B. James Dawson, served as the graduation speaker. This was sort of his valedictory address as he is retiring from Coker. Lots of smiles and some tears as the graduating seniors marked this crucial milestone in their learning lives or in their lives of learning. One conversational element that seemed even more prominent than ever at this year's graduation was the concept of how fast the year went. I know the years disappear for me but I was really surprised at how those graduating felt very much the same -- as did many of their parents.