For the past several years I’ve had the privilege of announcing (some of the) awards at the DePaul commencement.  Unlike graduation, commencement is mostly about recognizing faculty and staff, which makes the event smaller.  It takes place in the St. Vincent de Paul Parish, and when you read names you get to sit facing the pews and the entrance of the church.  As a result, you have an excellent view of each person after his/her name has been read and as he/she is walking up to receive the award.  This year it especially struck me how happy it made me to see my colleagues’ faces as they made that walk to the front of the church.  You would expect that they would be joyful since they are being recognized for exceptional scholarship, teaching, or service.  But seeing their faces right at the moment the receive that recognition is a joy in itself.

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