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Sat 08 Jul 2006

12 claps to the pro-chancellor

Category : NUS

On duty at the commencement this morning, it was nice to see some alumni in the academic procession. Also each session is much shorter with the faculty divided up into sizeable numbers. No longer the two hour+ sessions of the 90's and they release balloons at the end. Having the UCC for these sessions certainly makes it more meaningful as it is in campus grounds.

Pro-Chancellor Ngiam Tong Dow who just published A Mandarin and the Making of Public Policy did the honours today. He must be thankful for shorter sessions - the longer ones used to be a strain on our older Pro-Chancellors.

I clap for each person (how can you not?) a half-second after the graduate's name is called out, and continue until they reach the Pro Chancellor in the middle of the stage. I found myself thinking that the average girl with a tri-syllablic name took about 12 claps to reach him to shake hands. At 3 claps/sec, it took them 4 seconds to cross the stage.

Many with longer names began walking across the stage before their names were completely read out, shortening the clapping time. Taller people with longer strides and energetic individuals with a spring in their step all required fewer claps, between 8-10.

Oh well. Someone probably figured this all out for real. There was a well-oiled machinery running the show.

Mostly, I soaked in the atmosphere of gleaming faces of parents and graduate's and it was pleasant.

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