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Behind the scenes at university convocation | by Felip1
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Behind the scenes at university convocation

Convocation is the annual event when students are awarded their

degrees. And the full regalia is put on by the various officials. As a

professor, I am part of the official train of people who sit on the

stage. I like to get to the session of Convocation at which any of my

own former students are graduating. At each session only a tiny

proportion of professors are present -- any more than a few would make

the stage too full. Along with the university's higher-ups (Deans,

President, University Orator, Convocation Marshal, past honorary

degree recipients -- all can be seen here), we gather in the theatre's

Green Room before the event starts.


These two shots were taken as we formed lines, just a couple of

minutes before the big door (in the top picture on the extreme right)

was slid open and we were marched down a large staircase to the stage

to the sounds of more-than-appropriate processional music.

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Taken on May 29, 2012