Ellen's PhD Graduation

Unfortunately the challenge of getting good pictures in the dimly-lighted auditorium from the upper balcony seats we had exceeded the capabilities of my equipment. A superfast long lens (and a pack mule to carry it) would have helped. I did have fast film, which I had "push" processed to make it even faster.

Setting the scene ...

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All the rest of the stage pictures are really this big. The views below are magnified after scanning.

Ellen's hood carriage style gets touched up by professor yellowstripe.

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The lady in red preps the hood as Ellen approaches.

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This is, I believe, an ancient ritual of submission. The master is offered one last opportunity to strangle the student before allowing her to graduate.

Congratulations as she crosses the stage.

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Congratulations as she prepares to leave the stage.

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OK, finally we're out of that dim auditorium.

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Megan isn't really that short. She's bending her knees.

A little of that old-time defacement ...

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Ellen is now qualified to hold up the U.T. Tower with just two fingers.

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Maximum Occupancy: 5

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Copyright 1999 Paul Williamson. kb5mu@amsat.org