6/4/2014 12:01:00 AM Harbor Springs...Now and Then
Cynthia Morse Zumbaugh
A busy graduation weekend is over; the kids are back from Cedar Point and ready to begin their lives as adults. I'd like to share a few thoughts on graduation if I might.
First, there is no argument that the outdoor venue offered by Harbor Springs for the Commencement ceremony is quite possibly the most beautiful one anywhere. Even on a hot day like Sunday, there was still a breeze and it was well worth sitting for that time in the sun rather than being cooped up in a gym or auditorium.
Congratulations to the graduates; what promise they hold. And to have two graduates going to Harvard from a class of sixty-seven? That's a pretty impressive statistic by anyone's standards. From the number and variety of colors of the ribbons decorating the gowns, this was a class that was involved in many areas.
It is so much nicer now than it used to be when the stadium became a virtual marsh in the spring and the platform/stage had to be located near mid field. I know I've mentioned it before, but I can't help but feel a tiny bit of pride when I see the graduates descend into the stadium. That was our little innovation thirty nine years ago and it is such an improvement over the previous tradition of entering through the end of the stadium.Sue Carpenter Moore reminded me of the "decorations" from our graduation ceremonies, as freshly cut pine trees used to surround the platform. Potted flowers are, ecologically speaking, a much better decision but the trees did give an interesting ambiance to the stage.
It was with more than a little pride that we anticipated the guest speaker, Mark Wilde; he was a classmate and a Harbor Springs graduate. I wish we could have heard more of his comments and those of the students who spoke. I'm not sure if it was the sound system or user error, but it was sad that a majority of the stadium could not hear the remarks.
I had to chuckle a little on the choice of music, not that I didn't enjoy it. The song that the band played with the graduating seniors was Asia's "Only Time Will Tell." I was told that the actual class song was "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from the movie The Breakfast Club. Is it a commentary on today's music that both of those songs were about thirty years old?
My final thought on the Commencement exercises is probably not remotely politically correct, but I personally miss the inclusion of a benediction. It added a nice solemnity to a beautiful occasion and a blessing is always a good thing.
So again, congratulations to the class of 2014; may your future deliver the opportunities for all of your dreams to come true.
Congratulations also this week to Frank and Pam Rhine on their wedding anniversary; a different sort of accomplishment but certainly one worth mentioning.
On a much sadder note, very heartfelt condolences going to Bob and Dee Carr, Michael Carr, DeElda Cotanche and Jeannie Zumbaugh on the sudden loss of their son/brother/nephew Robert "Brendan" Carr on May 25. Brendan was a wonderful young man and he will be missed by so many.
We will begin our birthday week on Thursday, June 5, with greetings to Connie O'Neill and Sue Boyer. On Friday, Happy Birthday to Jim Hart and on Saturday birthday wishes going North to Ruth Cummings Wise and Mary Beth Vallier Dennis. Sunday, June 8, Happy Birthday to Gail Rhine, Kelly McRoberts Leist and Leona Ellis and on Monday to Deb Juday. Tuesday, we say Happy Birthday to John Baker and to Sue Gokee and finally, on June 11, to Preston McGregor, John Colley, Erika Kinner Koehler and Oliva Vargo.