Things are quiet now. I always find it—commencement, that is—somewhat of a mixed blessing.
The buildup to the end of each school year is always so frantic. You can’t help but look forward to a break in the action. But I miss the students and the energy and the chemistry they bring to our campus community. And I particularly miss those students—now graduates—with whom I’ve had the opportunity to establish relationships. So many of them head off to build bright futures, but there’s still that part of me that hates to see them go.
Commencement offers RIT terrific public relations potential. There’s always the opportunity for media coverage, but the greatest exposure comes through the thousands of visitors who witness the graduation of a family member or friend. The campus is always at its best—beautiful and buzzing with excitement.
Last Saturday, I enjoyed the opportunity to step back and take it all in. The pride of the graduates and their families is what strikes me the most. And they share that pride with a community of faculty and staff that works hard to make certain the RIT experience is relevant and rewarding in many ways.
Our visitors, I’m confident, leave campus to share their impressions of a university that truly cares about its students—right until the very end.
And until it all revs up again this fall, I’m going to try and enjoy a little quiet.