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Graduation Weekend

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. – C. Northcote Parkinson, 1955

Parkinson’s quote has many corollaries…perhaps the Zwitch version would be “Life expands so as to fill the time available.”

It’s already been 10 days since Graduation, but I’ve hardly noticed the time go by.  From starting a new job, to taking care of all sorts of ‘deferred’ chores and participating in other experiences, it doesn’t really feel like I have all the free time that was expected once the last finals were turned in!

My graduation weekend started Friday morning as a road trip with my wife and my Mom from Philadelphia to Durham.  The funny thing about Philadelphia, or maybe just the East Coast in general, is that there are so many places that are just close enough where you don’t want to fly.  Durham fits that description; at just about 7 hours, driving is probably the better choice as long as there’s no traffic or construction.  Of course, there’s never no construction, but between slow driving and getting molested by the TSA at the airport, driving tends to win out.

After arriving in Durham and checking in to the hotel, we had about an hour or so that we wanted to kill before dinner, so I drove around the Duke campus in an attempt to show off “the sights”.  The funny thing is, because I’ve only really spent two weeks on campus (and really, just West Campus at Fuqua), I didn’t actually know how to get anywhere!  Nevertheless, we drove around the perimeter of campus for a bit, then headed over to Bullock’s BBQ.  The pulled pork and ribs platter alone is worth the 7+ hour drive…

Later in the evening, my wife and I went to Bull McCabe’s to meet up with whomever was already in town.  Although it was very hot and humid that night (and sweltering inside the bar), it was great seeing the other weary travelers that, frankly, I’ve been remiss in keeping in contact with other than Facebook.  But rather than make the same mistake I had done twice before at prior graduations, I declined to stay out all night partying, so that I could be fresh on Saturday to pick up my cap and gown and walk across the stage at Cameron.  Of course, with a 1:30 p.m. graduation, it’s not like I had to set an alarm to make sure I was awake in time…


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4 comments to Graduation Weekend

  • Vince Cellini

    As someone that is just about to start the CCMBA program in a couple of months, I’ve really enjoyed reading everything on this blog. It has been quite a journey, reading through all of the posts from just prior to the program until the most recent graduation post. I hope, given how much time flies for you at the moment, that you have a chance to go into more depth on the graduation and anything else that happened during that weekend. I wanted to say thanks to you and all of the other authors on here. It’s been a great read.

    • Hi Vince…I really am a slacker! Hopefully I can finish up tonight with the actual graduation part. Is there anything else you’re interested in hearing about besides that?

      • Vince Cellini

        Well I’ve read through the entire blog by this point but I’ll admit the CCMBA program is exciting yet daunting. I have been quite impressed so far with how active my future classmates have been on our Facebook group with plenty of plans and ideas taking shape. There are already 83 members and the first residency isn’t for 2 months. Of your group, could you comment on the overall and general positives and negatives? Also, as to the specific program, now that you are done with everything, what would you say are the biggest strengths and weaknesses in the program? As always, a big thanks to you and the other authors for this great collection of articles.

  • Vince, send me a Facebook message and I’ll see how I can answer some of your questions. The blog format probably isn’t the best way to address the minute details of the program.

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