Graduating Grand Graduates

This week it will be 10 years since I graduated from the University of St Andrews with a Master in Chemistry degree.  Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?  It is also 6 years since I graduated in absentia from the University of St Andrews with a PhD in chemistry.  As I was a postdoc overseas in 2005, I didn’t want to fly back to the UK just to wear a gown and prance around on stage.  In any case, for the past 3 years I’ve had a job that enables me to hire the gown once a year and prance around on graduation day.

Graduation is possibly the biggest anti-climax for students ever. The process of making something official has rarely been particularly interesting and our students did their celebrating the day they got their degree results or final exam results or the last time they and their friends hit the Union before going their separate ways. Graduation is about parents, guardians and other supporters of the students getting to come and see campus and celebrate.

Apparently 10 year anniversaries are special and I’m a little peeved to miss out on the events in St Andrews this coming weekend.  It’s also the 600th anniversary of the University which is quite a substantial milestone.  In contrast, the City of Vancouver has just celebrated its 125th anniversary.  Never mind, with views like these, I really shouldn’t complain…


Sunset from Wreck Beach

Panorama from Granville Island