Tuesday 5 May 2009

SOCIAL: Move over Superman!

Last night the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) held the graduation ceremony for all the graduating students of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management. The keynote speaker was none other than my husband, Beric Croome.

We live twenty minutes away from the Wits campus and left with what we thought was plenty of time. But a torrid two hour journey in rain and gridlocked traffic made us late.

Above: At the function after the graduation ceremoy. Back: Beric, friends Liz and Hugo Marcus. Front: me (in blue), Professor Maeve Kolitz and Professor Dave Kolitz.

The ceremony started at 18h00. At 17h59 we finally made it to the parking and, after a mad dash to the Great Hall, the graduation could begin. Luckily, most of the students and their parents/supporters were delighted at the delay as many of them had been stuck in the same traffic and our tardiness gave them chance to arrive in time for their special day.

I simply burst with pride at how impressive he looked in his flowing red cape (my own personal Superman!) and black academic bonnet!

Finally, congratulations and best wishes to the graduands and their families!

Below: President of the Convocation of the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor David Kolitz, and guest speaker, Dr Beric Croome.

Above, from left to right: Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Y Ballim, Dr Beric Croome and Professor David Kolitz.


Justus M. Bowman said...

Very nice. It helps to have friends, eh?

Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Ann,

This was wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing his thoughtful words and the great pictures.

Superman, indeed!! Cheers-Nance

Helen Ginger said...

Wow. Great words from a modern day Superman (he looks a lot like the original).


septembermom said...

So much wisdom here for young and old! Wonderful speech. The Yewell quote is a great way to wrap us this inspirational address. He did look great in his red cape.

Suzanne Casamento said...

That is some speech. You have much to be proud of. ; )

Amanda Holly said...

Wow what wonderful words of wisdom! Here's hoping that the graduate class take it to heart and pay it forward!

Your pride in Superman is well placed!

Marilyn Brant said...

What a fantastic speech, Ann! I can see why you're so proud of him. I'm sure the grads found it very inspirational :).

p.s. The "deleted" comment above was mine--having a little trouble spelling correctly today!!