Summa cum Gaudium et Tristitia

English department graduates

As is our Department custom, we gathered on Friday afternoon before the Honors Convocation for a quick picture on the steps of Alumni Hall. Steady rain and the rush to get things done kept many away, but a few of our 2014 graduating seniors gathered with many of the faculty one last time for a celebratory snapshot. After a night of rain the sun broke through on Saturday for a beautiful commencement ceremony. Amidst disheveled rows of seats, scattered programs and stray balloons graduates posed for family pictures and then scattered from the front lawn of Alumni Hall. We miss them already and await word of the many great things to come.

Thanks for the Sweet (450th) Remembrance

2014 Sirois Contingent

Once more, and now for the 26th time, we came together on campus to “learn what silent love hath writ,” to “summon up remembrance of things past,” to “count the clock that tells the time,” to contemplate “the forty winters” that have besieged many of our brows and declare with renewed optimism that indeed “love is a babe!”

Professor Gary BouchardOur great gratitude to all 154 readers of Shakespeare’s Sonnets on the occasion of his 450th Birthday!

We admired the elocution of the youngest and were heartened by the wisdom-filled renderings of the eldest. We appreciated all those readers in between, including the two nightingales who lifted their sonnets in song and left us breathless!

A collective groundling shout-out to the Abbey Players for their performances!

A special expression of lasting affection to the many alums who traveled from far and near to take part in our festival!  You help us remember in your homecoming why April never was and never shall be the cruelest month.

Until next year, brush up your Shakespeare, and resolve to live and love in fourteen line bites, even “whilst wasteful time debateth with decay.”