Commencement ceremonies are a bit different when you are sitting on the stage. You are expected to behave.
Graduations are inherently good. Goals accomplished and progress made toward dreams, or jobs, or student loan repayment plans.
I like the stories of grown up graduates. The ones who came back to clean up unfinished business. The ones who went to class at night, went to a job in the day, and care for their kids in between. Those kinds of grads make me happy.
It pleases me to be in a position to watch this happen on a regular basis. I get a front row seat to second chances. Beats living in a van that’s for sure.
Back in 1906 there was a big earthquake in San Francisco. It caused enough damage that those in charge of California College in SF decided to pack up shop and start another school down south, in Southern California.
They set their sights on the orange groves of Redlands.
Today the school is still somewhat small, less than 5,000 students overall, and it is for the most part focused on a liberal arts education.
They are the bulldogs. They also have a bulldog. A real one. He lives on campus and students can take him for walks. And they do.
They also have a school song unlike any other… and they sing it.
Deyump Deyatty Yahoo
Deyump Deray Yahoo
Orky Porky Dominorky
Rah rah Redlands!
The song is the result of an imaginative undergrad back in the 20’s. The school does not lack imagination.
Part of that imagination included starting a business school for people who already have jobs, which all sorts of schools have now, but they started it way back before the internet existed. It isn’t just a business school for grown ups, it is also a business school that focuses on critical thinking… cuz they are a liberal arts school… thats what they do.
Rah Rah Redlands!