Graduation: no animals killed

UK“… In fact I have never been to a graduation ceremony at all, not even my own – for any of my degrees (I just got the certificate through the post, in absentia as we say). When I was first graduating with my BA, I just couldn’t face all the rituals – the dressing up in the fur-lined hood, the clasping the fingers of the ‘praelector’, the Latin and the hand-clasping with the vice-chancellor (or the vc’s deputy – the top-dog understandably doesn’t sit in the senate house for three days presiding over this). I also couldn’t face organising the whole show for a pair of divorced parents …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A Don’s Life, 29 June]

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