You May Now Move the Tassel

A university graduation ceremony is a choreographed performance. Each time we bring the ritual to life, the underlying text is refined even more. The scripts are tightened yet again and the procedures and moves and cues updated in an endless exercise in Platonism, forever trying to match the ideal, abstract commencement that exists on some…

Back-to-School Special

Teachers know very well that shudder we experience when we see the first back-to-school display. “Welcome Back Students!” “School Supplies!” Backpacks and pencils and rulers and all sorts of things students will break and lose and forget–things for the custodial staff to pull from the bottom of lockers next spring–all arranged in colorful displays, calling…