It was breezy, chilly, and wet, but this Monday, the General Studies Class of 2011 diligently filed into the large tents on South Lawn to finally graduate. Dean Peter Awn received a warm welcome and gave the prototypical opening about what it means to be a GS student, followed by remarks from PrezBo, who could scarcely get out the words “Peter Awn” before the crowd burst into applause again for the much-beloved dean. After these speeches came the Class Day speaker, Roger Leeds, GS ’66, who seemed to take the mic just as the elements outside were picking up. At one point during his speech on his experiences with GS (his mother’s disbelief on his attendance) and his life after (his own disbelief at an offer to join Johns Hopkins), a sudden torrential downpour caused him to stop speaking entirely, since no one could hear him. He went on wondering what this meant for the futures of the Class of 2011, but hoped it was a good sign.
Next to speak was the salutatorian, Elliot Shackelford, who praised the diversity of the GS student body and just couldn’t seem to stop smiling. He shared anecdotes about his time at GS and his days as a young pianist: although once he needed to sit on telephone books to reach the keys, through maturation he lost the need (aw)—GS students go through a similar process. The valedictorian this year, Kira Boesch, avoided the snafu surrounding last year’s valedictorian but nonetheless gave a heartwarming speech about her path to GS, her experiences as a professional ballet dancer, and the community spirit.
It also seemed like this year’s GS graduation was particularly popular, perhaps given previous events this year. Earlier in the morning, Fox News showed up to get film for this segment dedicated to graduating GS vets. National media, guys! But no sweat, GS ’11 was lookin’ good in front of the cameras.
And finally, after sitting in a tent for hours and eventually shaking hands with PrezBo himself, the GS Class of 2011 went on their merry ways—although, so we’ve heard, not before first heading to a hidden room full of beer and champagne (aka a “reception,” for those over 21). Most deserved.
Cheers, and congrats, Class of 2011!
Photos by Amital Isaac
@prototypical shouldn’t it be stereotypical?
Also, stereotypical of Bwog, this article is devoid of opinion. Here’s some:
PrezBo – pretty good speech. Not as good as at Commencement, but still nice.
Awn – good speech, really covered the bases.
Leeds – boring as hell, I tuned out halfway through. He who writes the biggest check gets the speech, but money and speaking skills are rarely possessed by the same person.
Elliot – rocked the house; best speech of the day.
Kira – also a little boring. I hate to disparage a fellow student, but her speech basically explained that the reason she’s valedictorian and the reason not nearly as many people knew her as Elliot were one and the same.
@Anyone notice... how slowly Bwog is moving on these graduation wrap-ups? I mean, I know school is over and whatnot, but they’re a few days behind. And the writing is pretty lame.
Since Bwog hasn’t posted my senior wisdom yet, I’ll say this: back in my day, Bwog wasn’t as useless as a poopy-flavored lollipop.
@Anonymous have you seen the party scene lately? Even Bwog has to leave their cave once and awhile.
@Dean Awn is such a boss.
@person That’s why Obama is so keen on national health care. It closes the death loophole. If you owe $400,000 and can’t afford a kidney transplant, well, you bet you’re going to get one, asshole, because no one gets out of paying.
@Van Owen Congrats to GS!
@Unoriginal Asshole Fail Gee, aren’t you clever. Writing something negative about GS on Bwog, because a post mentioned GS. Well done! I can see the wit and creativity that earned you a spot at Columbia.
In the immortal words of Winston Churchill, “I’d rather be a well-educated GS grad than a boring prick.”
It was a very nice ceremony, btw.
@see this is why ppl don’t like GS grads, they always think they’re better than someone…so thank you for proving the point
@Unoriginal Asshole Fail Huh? No, I don’t think I’m better than anyone. I think the person who wrote that–namely you, thanks to tracking–is being an asshole for no reason. Nice try to retroactively blame GS students for your random acts of douchery.
@Unoriginal Asshole Fail Oh I get why you’re confused. No, no, the “boring prick” par is just about you, not anyone else.
@Anonymous The only reason there are “GS sucks LMAO” comments every time BWOG posts about GS is because someone like you gets indignant and decides to give a mini-lecture.
Stop giving it a reaction and guess what? No more trolling.
@Anonymous ‘drowing in debt’…
@Anonymous My plan is to defer it until I die. They’ll never get a penny out of me.
@Anonymous I don’t know what you heard about me, but a bitch can’t get a dollar out of me