I spent the weekend at my son’s college graduation. My last child is now more or less launched. The graduation ceremony was very well done. The best part: The graduates processed across the campus to the arena in their regalia led by a bagpipe ensemble (about 20 pipers). The bagpipes were way cool. The faculty lined up along the parade route, so the graduates were marching past their professors and being greeted and congratulated as they marched. My son and his girlfriend both said this was the best part of the graduation. What a wonderful rite! Graduations at small colleges are much more meaningful affairs. I have been at Big State University for nearly 30 years and have never once attended an undergraduate graduation, nor even been asked to attend. Our graduation is a huge impersonal cattle call. I love rituals and think we ought to all line up and march around the campus once a year in our regalia, but I can’t get anyone to agree with me.