EppsNet Archive: Graduation

Stumbling Blocks

I was walking near the Orange Circle this afternoon . . . Chapman University, which is nearby, must have been having a graduation. I saw a young woman in a graduation gown cross the street toward me. She was wearing high heels and when she stepped onto a set of those sidewalk bumps that keep blind people from inadvertently striding into traffic, she lost her footing and almost fell. “Are you okay?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said, “I stumble in that same place every day.” Is it good or bad that she’s graduating? It’s good in that she won’t stumble there anymore, but it’s bad in that she’s leaving without having mastered the skill of walking on sidewalk bumps in heels. Now she’ll have to go out into the world and compete with people who can walk around without falling down all the time. If she went to a better… Read more →

2015 Cal Graduation Video

I have a short video from the Haas Business School graduation last year, I don’t think I ever posted it . . . Read more →

Goodbye Berkeley

Oh to be young and strong and accomplish a longtime goal! Goodbye Berkeley, it’s been a great four years … Read more →

Thoughts in the Shower

If I just stay in here and never come out, maybe the graduation won’t happen and he’ll still be my little boy . . . Read more →

Now What?

We’re in Berkeley for Casey’s graduation tomorrow . . . we got a text from him earlier this week saying “I just took my last two college exams.” Thus ends a journey that began 17 years ago on the first day of kindergarten, which I feel like I remember too vividly for it to have been 17 years ago, but it was. Now what? I don’t mean for him . . . he’s got a job lined up in San Francisco. I mean for me. I’ve had the milestone birthdays — the ones where your age ends in zero — that seem to depress a lot of people . . . they didn’t bother me at all. But my boy becoming an independent person in the world is really disorienting me . . . Read more →