The biggest point was graduation, though the mashed tatties were pretty good too.
It is time to go?
Well, it's all here. Robe, hood, hat...
Walking in. You carry your hood at UofA since the sacrist hoods you just after you're capped.
Stanley Robertson, a ballad singer from the NE of Scotland was awarded a MUniv at our ceremony. I admire him so much for his work at catching songs and making them available to a larger audience. He is also a Traveller and has done much work to help relations between the community and the rest of the country.
Unfortunately, this is all we've got of my receiving my award.
Before I came up on stage, the Promoter said (all following was said in Latin, but I don't have the original):
'My Lord Chancellor, Doctors and Masters, and the whole University, I present to you this candidate, who has been approved on examination, to be promoted to the degree of Master of Sacred Theology (In Sacrosancta Theologia Magistrum)'
The Chancellor replies:
'The Senatus assenting, let her be promoted.'
Then the Promoter says:
'Let Jyll Skinner come up.'
The Chancellor then says to me:
'By the authority which the most high and mighty Princes have in the fullest measure bestowed on this beneficient University I make you Master of Sacred Theology, as a sign of which I place this cap upon your head and pray to God, supreme in goodness and power, that this act may be blessed and of good augury.'
At the pertinent point, he lightly hits your head with a cap. After he finishes, you turn your back to the sacrist who places the hood over your head. Then you turn and walk off stage.
The chancellor says the whole spiel over only the first graduand of each type of degree. I was lucky, in that my degree was high in the alphabet (Biblical Theology) even though my name is later, and got the whole speech.
And no, I wasn't blinded by the gold robes, but it was a close thing.
The sacrist for the ceremony was the same that was at Jayne and Matt's wedding. I'd like to ask the sacrist from my own to be the sacrist for my PhD graduation.
I got it!
Back to work for the next step. :)
I'm so glad to have graduated. It may seem odd, but it's motivating and I'm happier to be working forward more now than I've felt before.