Six years ago today, I walked the stage after completing my Master’s degree. It was my second graduation ceremony to participate in at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).
Enclosed is video clip of the drum line, disco lights & confetti cannon from this SCAD commencement. This was my second graduation ceremony to participate in. 12 years ago, I obtained my B.F.A. in Writing from SCAD, and 2014 marked the completion of my Masters of Arts degree in Arts Administration (now recognized as Creative Business Design). I’m proud and relieved to say that I graduated with my honors award scholarships that I obtained upon admission to the graduate program. (I had to maintain a certain GPA to keep the scholarships to the end.)
Thank you SCAD for a great day and a evocative speaker whom made me cry a little bit in secret when he quoted “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes. A poem from 1922. (Our speaker was Oscar winning screenwriter Geoffrey S. Fletcher). I will never forget this special day!
Note: I believe this was the last Fall graduation ceremony in the smaller Johnny Mercer theater, as opposed to the giant Martin Luther King Arena every Spring. It was so small compared to the huge ceremony when I obtained my BFA.
“Well, son, I’ll tell you:Langston Hughes
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So, boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps.
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.“