It was near the end of the ceremony when they recognized the children of the graduates. I saw my father raise my son into the air. He seemed so small in the mass audience that filled the convention center as I was in the front 3 rows and he was in the back. Curled up in a ball in his little blue vest and khaki pants, I saw the reason why I was sitting there in my cap and gown. The speaker shared that children will be beneficiaries of such accomplishment. My son will benefit with my progress. I want that for him. I couldn't have done it without my family especially my wife, Janette.
I would talk with my students about the cap decorations. What should I choose? Ultimately, I decided to use the mantra of the composers Bach and Handel that they would mark on the manuscripts of their masterworks when a composition was dedicated to the worship of God. "Soli Deo Gloria" which is Latin for "Glory to God alone."
I'm glad my son's first graduation experience began with me crossing that stage tonight.
God is good. - Fabian