Commencement 2004

 

Or, How to Get Computer Science Students to Dress Up

  Prof. JL Popyack, photographer

June 12, 2004

Commencement ceremonies are a lot like weddings. Come to think of it, they're really not. Well, they're always festive anyway, and it's fun to be part of things, wandering around saying my farewells and snapping a few photos. Drexel once again asked me to be a Faculty Marshal for the ceremony, and once again I added my own interpretation to my duties. Hey, when they hire faculty, they tell you they want people who can think outside the box. Box, I say? What box? Did you see a box?

Armed once more with my Fuji FinePix 2800, I got these few glimpses of the CS Class of 2004. Isn't technology wonderful? My software created these neat captions all by itself. Quite impressive. I can't swear to it, but I believe it does automatic facial recognition, pulls Student ID numbers for everyone in the picture, and produces a hash code to come up with a unique identifier. Try it and you'll see what I mean. If you have trouble reproducing these numbers, you probably aren't accounting for collisions.

Clicking an image below reveals an enlarged view. Here's some trivia questions for you: Why are some of the candidates wearing satin stoles? Which candidate's wardrobe got altered en route? What was the name of the first talking doll, and who provided the voice for it?

Inscrutably,
JL Popyack



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