The Graduate

A wonderful day for my daughter. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Waterloo.

A very proud father and mother were there to celebrate her achievement. For some reason, I brought my camera. Here are a few photos from the convocation.

Robert Kaplan addressed the convocation. He is well known within business circles for his Balanced Scorecard work. Using the Balanced Scorecard as a framework for life, he gave some excellent insight into career, life, community and family.

His comments on career are similar to others I have heard — pursue a career that you love because you will be working at it for a long time.

He encouraged developing interests outside of work and becoming really, really good at those interests. He also highlighted that giving back to the community was vital. And he spoke of the importance of family.

After the convocation had finished, we went outside to take some pictures and then to a nice restaurant to congratulate our daughter. When the meal had ended, my daughter and I were sitting together in the lounge waiting for my wife. I looked at my daughter and I thought about the time we had spent together over the years.

Certain memories just came to me. When she was not much older than a toddler, I would take her outside on the front porch to watch thunderstorms. I found myself back there.

We used to have a routine where the two of us would do something together. And suddenly I found myself in a bookstore with her. Wandering through the aisles. Lost in the promise of an adventure buried in bindings, paper and ink.

Then I found myself thinking about the trip the two of us took together to Walt Disney World.

All of those memories, and many more, went through my mind as I looked at this wonderful young lady. I am so proud of her.

7 replies
  1. Rob
    Rob says:

    I got a lump in my throat as I read this post, Richard. My middle daughter is graduating with Honours in Business Administration from University of Guelph/Humber and her graduation is this Monday. Really looking forward to it.

    Congratulations, Tara!

  2. Richard Cleaver
    Richard Cleaver says:

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks! And yes, the shots were taken with the new camera. Considering the shots were handheld with a fairly long telephoto in low-light, I am amazed at the results: sharp and very little noise.

  3. Betty
    Betty says:

    Wow!!!! You guys haven’t changed one bit!!!! Do you remember Betty?? (lived behind you on Haliburton Crescent in London)….well, that’s me!!!

    Sounds like you’re all doing well. That’s wonderful!!! Can’t believe that I used to babysit Tara..and now she’s a university graduate!!! Guess we’re all getting older, but you guys look exactly the same! What’s your secret?

    God bless you all!!


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