Nine years ago when my dear daughter Emily got her PhD at Penn State I offered to give her the gift of her hood and cap (PSU has a soft pudding sort of hat, not a mortarboard). She thanked me very nicely but never got around to ordering them at the time. I think this was 2006. When she became a professor, I asked her if she would like Paul’s academic robe and offered to pay for it to be altered for her…But she didn’t do this at St. Mary’s College when she was there. But finally! Finally! She arranged everything and marched with the faculty in a CSU graduation this morning.
Emily is a professor at Cleveland State University where her Dad taught, though in another department. She posted a photo of herself this morning.
She wrote, ” At CSU graduation, wishing my dad were here with me so we could make jokes together ! I am actually wearing his robes which only had to be shortened by 2 feet to fit me.”
I guess the two feet must also include the sleeves because Paul was less than a foot taller than Emily. He was 6’2″. And somehow, this photo makes her look less tall than she is, and I’m confused about why, though I see the photographer must have been at a slightly different level.
The woman who did the alterations was very interested in this older robe because her father was a designer of clothing in an Eastern European country and taught her a lot. This robe is not constructed in a way one often sees here. But I digress.
I am so proud of Emily and so remembering Paul whom I saw at many graduations, including my own, and oldest daughter Alice’s. We are blessed and we are grateful.