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Harvard Commencement 2005

So today is Harvard Commencement Day here in the Boston area.

For many of us (such as gnomi) who usually commute through Harvard Square, that means trying to avoid that place as much as possible.

For others, such as mystful, it's their actual special day, and I wish them congratulations on graduating!

For me, of course, it's a mix. On the one hand, I have a few errands I have to run this morning in Harvard Square, so I will brave the crowds as I take the 66 bus there today. However, I think I have things timed perfectly so that everyone will be in Tercentenary Theatre, and not walking through the streets. Then I'll get out of there as soon as I can because I have some tutoring sessions this afternoon.

But on the other hand...well, fourteen years ago I participated in my own Harvard Commencement. Since I've been local for so many years now, I've felt a pull to go back each year and watch, even thought I know almost no one there anymore. I'd especially love to be there this afternoon, for the Alumni Parade which begins at 1:45, and the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, which is when the featured Commencement Speaker gives a talk.

After all, this year the speaker is John A. Lithgow '67.

Well, perhaps I'll be able to enjoy the Commencement on streaming video....


You videotaped Ian Lithgow? I got to chat with him once during a Band trip. Nice kid. (Of course, he's not a kid anymore...)

He looked very different on Third Rock, playing one of the students. In college, he had a beard, as I recall.

As for missing Lithgow, you can probably get the streaming video in your office (assuming the feed starts working). Me, I'll be commuting and tutoring at that time, and unable to watch it at all.
After all, this year the speaker is John A. Lithgow '67.

Would have been more awesome if I had gotten to attend...

(Actually, Lithgow was at my graduation too, marching with the Board of Overseers. At one point he was only a few feet away from me.)
It's been that long? Eeeeek!
Yeah, tell me about it. My fifteenth reunion is next year...
Another year beyond that for mine, but I probably won't go.

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