J U N E 2 0 0 6 I S S U E
The Big Question
As director of Commencement, India Lowres oversaw a series
of ceremonies on May 24 and 25 across the university that
involved the awarding of 6,192 degrees, certificates, and
Photo by John Davis
Photo Illustration by Steve Spartana
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
For India Lowres, director of Commencement, an entire year's work all comes down to a single day. Though amazingly level-headed, even Lowres is prone to middle-of-the-night panic attacks in the weeks leading up to the big event.
What if the diplomas get lost? Suppose the infamous "Streaker" decides to make another appearance this year? What happens if the septic system chooses that particular day to overflow? And don't even mention the potential for weather disasters — extreme heat, blinding rain, thunder, lightning, tornadoes...
Lest you think that Lowres is someone who just likes to borrow trouble, consider the following real-life disasters that actually have occurred at Johns Hopkins Commencement in recent years:
Is it any wonder that Lowres keeps a bottle of aspirin close at hand throughout the month of May?
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