Commencement 2005 (undergraduate)
Or, How to Get Computer Science Students out of Bed Early

June 11, 2005, 8:30 AM

Prof. JL Popyack, photographer

Drexel had four commencement exercises today, but computer science undergraduates were in the first one, the meta-commencement if you will. Those fortunate enough to be earning a dual BS/MS degree were invited to attend the last one also, making today a microcosm of their collective tortured existences for the past 5 years.

No longer remembering the meaning of "intrepid", yet armed with my trusty Fuji FinePix F700, I had two goals: (a) capture the essence of undergraduate computer science mindset, (b) fill up the memory card so I didn't need to stick around for the graduate ceremony. Only kidding! As a matter of fact, I was pretty disappointed that the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies were held separately today. Perhaps in another year, our students will be rejoined in a single ceremony. Perhaps in a "Survivor"-style format, where people in other majors get voted off the island...

Students wearing white silk stoles are members of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines. In short, hot stuff.

Inscrutably,
JL Popyack


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