n Sunday, September 18, the astonishing Warner Theatre transformed into the perfect backdrop for a day of joy and triumph. The CalUMS Family knows that our Commencement is the most important event of the year, and what better place to celebrate it than the same stage where giants like the Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra once performed. The stars of the event, our graduates, were joined by their families, friends, and professors. It was a day to honor them and their achievements. But before the celebration comes preparation, and for a ceremony of this proportion, that’s a lot of hard work. By 7:30 in the morning, the theater was buzzing with CalUMS staff and student volunteers divided in teams and sectors, with tasks ranging from getting the stage ready— including the 43 flags of the nations represented within the CalUMS Family—to audio and video setup, sound check, backstage managing, welcoming of guests, signage, etc. The soothing voices of singers Anzhelika Zadorozhnaya and
Osarelin Blessin Emofonmwan, rehearsing the Star Spangled Banner one last time, would rise above the hubbub while giving
It was a great reminder of what CalUMS stands for, and who CalUMS stands by.
purpose to everyone’s duties: this would be a day to remember. At 9:00 AM the first graduates-to-be arrived to the theater. As planned, CalUMS staff designated to help them put on their caps and gowns got into action. Pins and needles were used to keep the hood and tassel in place. After a quick check in the mirror, the honorees were directed to the lower level, where they would wait for the ceremony to begin. It was a moment to reconnect with old friends, remember good times and take pictures and selfies. This was
Published on Mar 16, 2017
An special issue covering CalUMS 2016 Commencement at the gorgeous Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. A feature interview with Student Adviso...