SMG’s commencement was enjoyable, satisfying, and efficient, distributing numerous faculty and student awards and 645 diplomas–diploma covers, actually–in less than two hours. In the post-commencement celebration I expressed personal congratulations directly to dozens of graduates, posed for at least a dozen pictures (don’t forget to email copies), and met many parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins. In the crowd and confusion I missed a few graduates I hoped to see, but that happens. After 75 minutes the desire to peel off the heavy robe overwhelmed short-term goals of saying goodbye to a few more faces. I walked out into the first sun we’ve seen in almost a week, drove home, fed and let out the dogs, and opened windows in every room. The 2010-2011 academic year is, and feels, fully over and done. Time for me to commence, too.