I attended a graduation ceremony yesterday (thus no post) - excessively boring (a fact acknowledged even by the graduand that I was there to see). And slightly worrying that the best speaker of the lot was the student who stood up to provide a testimonial for one of the lecturers who had got a teaching excellence award.
It did make me think about my next graduation though (several years away). I'm not sure how that'll work, especially if the same people are there conferring the awards. Apart from finding the whole ceremonial part of it ... empty and somewhat pointless, I don't have much in the way of respect for the people handing the degree out. How does one reconcile that with pride in attaining a degree in the first place?