Friday, October 21, 2011

Racking up the degrees

Well, well, another graduation was held yesterday. This time it was the author son Mark, who received his second, yes second, Master's degree. A Master of Arts in Communication and Culture.

Here he is patiently waiting for his name to be called. (Sorry that the photos are not that clear but we were sitting in the balcony and the zoom on a little Elph only does so much.)

I attended the ceremony with his wife, Kate and we both were so busy taking photos that we missed noting why the audience laughed at this point. Even the Chancellor chuckled. It was after we looked at what our cameras caught that we realized what a photo op we captured. (Note: the lady to the right of Mark is placing the hood over his head.)

Outside, just after the ceremonies with that important piece of paper. The only un-posed photo that was taken.

Here he is with the President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University, Sheldon Levy.

Here's the master's hood (that's the the v-shaped 'cape' that is placed over the head of each graduate during the ceremony - see photo above.)

Mark and his lovely wife Kate. These photos were taken in the Quadrangle and the facade to the right is the only remaining part of the original Department of Education/Normal School of the 1850s. 

Mother and son.

Proud mother and son. There are two distinct seals on the degree because the program was a joint one with Ryerson University and York University.

Posing with his lovely wife the in the gymnasium where refreshments were being served.
 Posing with the Ryerson mascot, the Ram. We wondered if there were other universities that had their mascot show up at graduation ceremonies.
Here he is with the Chancellor, G. Raymond Chang.

And lastly, I was instructed to pose under this sign. 
However, not everyone makes a Mark. Some make a Brian, or a Tom or a Hugh, - you get the picture... It was Mark's bit of humour.


  1. Extra special congratulations to Mark and you too proud Momma :). Thanks for sharing.
    Stay inspired!
    Brain Angles - Invisible Ink

  2. Hooray! Congrats to Mark and to the proud Mom! No mascot showed up at my graduation, so that's pretty cool.

  3. Woohoo, congratulations to Mark!! Racking up the degrees indeed! It's no wonder you were so proud, heck I don't even know him and yet I'm proud of him. lol Loved seeing all the pictures and how happy you all looked:-) xoxo

  4. A Second Masters!!!What a work load Mark has had.He's earned every single accolade he gets!!
    Love that photo of Proud Mother Dolores...cute!!

  5. Congratulations and thank you for sharing the photos!

  6. Wow congratulations to Mark!!! Great pics - you must be so proud of him! Love you posing under that sign, too funny.

  7. Congratulations to the graduate AND his mother.

  8. Congratulations to all concerned! My daughter is within a whisker of completling her PhD so I feel your joy AND your pain ! What a l o n g road these kids have been on. Enjoy your blog Dolores. I see you have joined mine too. Welcome aboard!

  9. Congratulations Mark.. looking good Dolores :-) x x x

  10. Thank you Dolores for joining my blog and ... hey ! ... much deserved congrats on having finished right along with your son Mark

  11. Hello Dolores,

    A huge congratulations to Mark. Love the photo of you under the sign.

    happy days.

  12. Congratulations to you ALL! Mark, his wife, his Mom .... you would all have contributed. Well done.


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