On Sunday August 17th I had the honor of attending the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management Oregon Cohort XIII Commencement Exercises. It is a small, intimate celebration that this year and last was held at the OHSU Auditorium in the Old Library Building. It is a delightful setting with lots of energy. I am invited to make remarks each year. I use my time to congratulate the new graduates and provide some valuable advice, which I did this year as well.
I have a chance to visit with Gwen Alexander, Dean of SLIM, and Andrew Smith, Interim Associate Dean of SLIM and admire their graduation finery. They are very fine people who are turning out very fine librarians. They also look splendid in their academic finery but on a hot August afternoon I am not jealous of the velvet.
I am thrilled to help with the hooding ceremony of the graduates and it only takes a couple of tries, working with Andrew, to get into a rhythm. I have a chance to look each graduate in the eyes and size them up. I can tell you, it is another good crop.
The absolute highlight of the afternoon were the speech by the student representative, Rosezelle Bosely, and the commencement speech by Oregon author, Rosanne Parry. They both brought tears to my eyes and helped me remember why I am so proud to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of my receiving my MLS and my 37th year working in libraries.
I would really like to share those speeches with all of you. Rosezelle and Rosanne, what do you say?