A College Graduation with some Telecaster content

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  1. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Currently up in Ann Arbor in the mitten state, attending my stepdaughter's college graduation. Yep, she's a wolverine. And I prefer the term "bonus daughter", which I learned here on TDPRI, from our excellent colleague Blazer.
    Apologies for the length of this post.
    It's a big milestone. The third of my bairns to have launched via university.
    There were two ceremonies; in one year, the Ann Arbor campus confers something like 7,000 undergrad degrees and close to 4,000 assorted post-grad degrees.
    One ceremony was just for her School of Music, Theater and Dance. She graduated with a degree in Theater- Performing Actor.
    This ceremony was the version where they all walked the stage, had a commencement address, and other pomp & circumstance. Some very talented graduating students provided entertainment for the ceremony.

    The main speech for this ceremony was by two U of Mich. graduates - the songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Oscar winners for their song "City of Stars" in the movie La La Land.
    Along with a medley of that tune and others, they presented a song written just for this occasion and performed with the help of music theater grads and what may have been members of a school jazz ensemble. The electric guitar player wielding a telecaster! If I read the scrolling credits correctly, the young tele player was Mr. Alex Anest. Job well done.

    The second ceremony was at the Big House, where the degrees were officially conferred "en masse", by School (19 in all), and 39 ROTC students were all commissioned in to their respective branch of the military.
    Apparently, there was a bit of a kerfuffle on campus, as the larger Big House ceremony didn't have a big name commencement address (in past years, US Presidents, Senators and such have done the honors) - this year, they just had a "sizzle reel" of years past, as this was the bicentennial year for U of M. 200 years.
    I wasn't upset. As part of the ceremony, they had Pasek & Paul reprise the performance from the previous day. Telecaster on the jumbo-tron at the Big House!
    Some photos:
    The graduate - the yellow cord indicates graduating with honors.
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    Bonus daughter at far left with the acting grads:
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    Flags from each of the 19 schools making their way to the stage at the Big House:
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    Under the Big M at the Big House, with very proud Mom:
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    Telecaster in action! Wierd color bands because screen refresh rate is slower than shutter speed.
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  2. coolikedat99

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    Hail!
     
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    Congrats! Three kids through college is quite an accomplishment for all involved. Is she heading out to continue acting?
     
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    Brains and beauty too. I am sure your family is quite proud of her. Congrats to all
     
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    Thanks - she's a wonderful kid. Most likely heading for L.A. The school sets up showcase auditions in NYC, LA and Chicago. She got some offers for agency representation in LA, liked the vibe. Chicago is this week.

    It's a very speculative profession, but you never know. While she was in college, she also got a certificate to teach yoga, so there's a little planning on her part, too.
     
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    Congrats, Dad! Love the cow kicker boots!!!
     
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    Born in Austin - hasn't forgotten her roots.
     
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    Very cool! I'm just a few minutes up the road from you!
     
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    Great story and congratulations!
     
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    Congratulations and Go Blue!
     
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    Congrats! U of M is great school, and that is coming begrudgingly from a Spartan. I live just down the road from the big house. Did you guys do anything around the town when you were in the mitten?

    Obama spoke at my wife's commencement when she got her master's at "the U". It was pretty spectacular!
     
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    Lot of events related to the grad. Ate at some good restaurants. My bonus daughter works part-time at an Italian restaurant - Mani's - so we had a good meal there.
    While my wife was checking out her favorite bookstore, Literati, she dropped me off at Oz's Music, and I spent a little quality time on a used Strat they had. Some walks around the classic, older parts of the campus.
    Ann Arbor seems like a fine town. I really like Michigan!
     
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    Couple of good looking girls right there!
    Good job Dad, good luck!
     
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    That sounds like a great time! I once saw Mario Batali eating at a table outside Mani. It's regarded very highly in a town full of restaurants. Glad that you like our state!
     
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