It was a lovely day and it was fun to spend it with Malcolm and Christie celebrating this important event.
While I was on the edge of my chair for the two minutes Malcolm was on stage - totally soaking up the moment. See there he is on the left with the green stripe on his hood in the photo below (don't you love all the colourful academic gowns and caps and pudding hats).
However, I've been to a few convocations in my day so when it was time for the keynote address I settled in to my tune-out mode - oops did I just admit - until I heard who was giving the speech. It was Lawrence Hill, the author who wrote the wonderful novel The Book of Negroes. He was given an honourary degree by the University of Waterloo and then he talked to the graduates about the importance of volunteer work and what he gained from volunteering in west Africa with Crossroads Canada and the importance of books and literature. It was a wonderful speech, an inspiring speech, and one that had me awake the entire time. So all I can say is that you saved me, Lawrence Hill. Thanks to you I actually enjoyed this convocation.
|Lawrence Hill giving the keynote address at the convocation|
After some photos we went out for lunch. Waterloo is a big Mennonite area so we went to a restaurant that had good home-cooking, including traditional Mennonite dishes and plenty of low German being spoken.
|They're all laughing because I made them clean up the table and hide the ketchup bottle under the table|
Congrats to our boy for all the blood, sweat, and tears (well actually I'm not sure how much blood was really shed) that went into completing his Honours English Bachelor of Arts degree. And if you haven't read The Book of Negroes you should get on that right away because it is not only well written, but is engaging and well researched.