Saturday, May 23, 2009

Congratulations Jesse & Stephanie


We attended Stephanie & Jesse’s graduation today. Both graduated as engineers, Jesse is a mechanical engineer and Stephanie is a chemical engineer. Stephanie is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.
This commencement was “Green”. Power for the ceremony was supplied by methane produced by a landfill. There were recycle and compost bins near the food area. Shuttle service was available and I noticed a train depot right on campus.
I was especially impressed with the commencement address given by Gary Hirshberg the CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm. I have a warm spot in my heart for the Stonyfield Yogurt folks because for a short time I lived next Samuel Kaymen one of the founders here in New Ipswich. When he came over to introduced himself I was actually cooking up some of my own yogurt in a Salton yogurt maker (this was in the wonderful 70’s when we were going to change the world and be self sufficient). I remember having a fine burrito supper with his family with plenty of wine… but I digress.
The conferring of degrees was accompanied by folk music plucked  right from the Peter, Paul and Mary songbook with a little Ian & Sylvia mixed in. The Graduates were puzzled by the musical choices but it took me back, way back.
Congrats again Jesse and Stephanie, you made your folks proud (and this uncle and aunt)