The last two days have been the commencement ceremonies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
On Thursday, the College of Music held their commencement for us. Daniel Kellogg “hooded” me as part of of the ceremony and said some very kind things about me. Some of the other doctoral graduates in the ceremony were María Fernanda Nieto-Pulido, who I wrote Fitful Slumbers for, and Tim Buckman, a fellow composer and guitarist.
On Friday, the University Commencement ceremony was held. I was hooded again by Associate Dean Steven Bruns and shook the hands of the president, the chancelor, and some of the regents of the University. Only two doctoral music students walked in the main ceremony. I almost didn’t, but I am glad that I did. My father came to the ceremony, and it was nice to have some family to share it with. The ceremony also gave me a real sense of completion to the process. I am officially a Doctor of Musical Arts.
After the University Commencement, I picked up my actual degree (they always give you a blank holder during the ceremony) at the Graduate School reception and went to my uncle’s restaurant to celebrate.