When Universities have convocation, or graduation, part of the routine is to invite representatives from other Universities. So, on Saturday it was my turn to go to DUCE - the Dar es Salaam University College of Education - for their convocation ceremony. Alas, no photographs this time, but wearing the same robes as for our Convocation in February:
Except that I now have a matching green and black striped tie - and even an Aga Khan University lapel badge! Terribly grand being in a procession of about 40 academic staff being led by a 30 piece brass band into the grounds, and then, my first opportunity to sing the Tanzanian National Anthem for real since I learnt it. I think the person standing next to me was suitably impressed!
A huge number of graduands, not far short of 1000. However, this is managed by the graduands for each course coming to stand before the Chancellor as their names are called, carrying their mortar boards. The Chancellor then reads a statement that they have all passed, whereupon they bow deeply and lift their mortar boards in the air, then put them on. A bit of dancing then followed for some of them. Quite an experience - oh, and did I mention that the whole 3 hour event was in Swahili? However, speeches were given in little booklets which helped.
So a good experience with the countdown to returning to the UK well underway. So, off to Nairobi tomorrow for a meeting Wednesday to Friday, then arriving at Heathrow early Saturday morning. I checked that my UK cell phone works - it does - bought some credit and switched the voice mail back on. So, finally, to get myself in the mood, here is a picture of my house taken in January 2010:
And random picture of Witney Carnival:
So, the next entry will be from the UK. Still can't quite believe it after well over a year here. But I have my coat standing ready!