Today is the October graduation here at Henley, and I am between ceremonies right now. This morning's was very interesting, and featured many getting their degrees from the International Network as well as those studying at Henley. No doubt I will make reference to it somehow in October's newsletter, but for all its solemnity and pomp, the graduation is a really satisfying ritual to watch from the stage.
Even more so as we have just completed two long days of tutor conference and international network meetings. The tutors were gathered from all parts of the world (for some reason I always have a bizarre image of a meeting of the type of organisation of baddies that often featured in James Bond films in the 60s and 70s) and was very useful in looking ahead to next year's roll out of the new MBA curriculum.
What was especially gratifying was the sense that on the programme, our students (we call them members) are being encouraged to reflect as they go - and that when they do it is having a strong positive impact - and that our team of Personal Tutors is beginning to gel into a community.
As for graduation, I like this Dr Seuss quote:
"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go."