I’m writing from Charlottesville, Virginia, where my son graduated yesterday from the University of Virginia. The convocation occurred on the UVA lawn, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson as the core of his “academical village.” You might know that the founding of UVA is one of three accomplishments Jefferson requested be listed on his tombstone.
The weather wasn’t good, but the university made clear the ceremony would be held outside unless there was a hurricane or something like that. You don’t turn your back on Jefferson’s creation without good reason!
After the big ceremony we went to Memorial Gym for the diploma ceremony (this one was for the Woodrow Wilson Politics School). Unlike last week at Michigan State, there was no sign asking people not to shake hands so every graduate got a hardy handshake. We never heard the words swine flu.
We were very lucky to see both our sons graduate, and both ceremonies were filled with others equally fortunate. While we drove to both, alot of folks flew. It really is at times like that I find myself proudest to be part of an industry that makes such moments possible.
We will take a short family vacation, but there is alot going on in Washington this week. A hearing for the new FAA Administrator and consideration of an FAA reauthorization on the House floor are just two highlights of the week to come. We will be all over these issues and I will be commenting on them.