Once a year I got a chance of wearing the the University of York‘s academic dress. In grey bonnet and grey gown decorated with red hood with grey lining, today I stood next to my colleagues at the University for the Creative Arts to salute the new graduates. This was my second UCA‘s academic award ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall. It was celebratory and sentimental. A couple of anomalies: a graduate took a selfie with the Chair of the Board of Governors and Pro-Chancellor Robert Taylor on stage; a couple of others gave him a hug instead of shaking his hand.
I can’t wait to congratulate my students in 2017.
Some years ago, one of my university professors said to us, ‘don’t pretend you like something while you don’t like it; don’t pretend you dislike something while you like it.’ And I’d like to say to you today that, ‘Don’t be afraid of changing your mind, and don’t be afraid of telling people you’ve changed your mind. Life would be scary if everything stays the same. Things are circumstantial, so prepare for the changes.’
Well said, Simon. And many congratulations (to all)!