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2014 Summer Linfield Magazine

Memory lane tour guide Each year, I have the pleasure of coordinating a number of alumni events throughout the West. Following a recent gathering, our hosts said to me, “You serve as a tour guide down memory lane.” In part they are right. As I work to connect alumni to the college, I bring news about classmates and/or professors and rekindle memories of when they discovered their passion that led to their life’s work. For each alumnus, the memories may look slightly different, but the stories have similar themes. Many are about close friendships. Others relate to faculty who provided valuable guidance at just the right time. Some are about study abroad, while others relate to athletic teams or theatrical productions. In addition to reminding people of their past, I also give our alumni and friends a sense of what is happening at Linfield now. I want our alumni to take pride in what Linfield has become. I want them to know that just as they have not stopped growing and changing, neither has Linfield. I want them to understand that their degree is worth more because Linfield continues to thrive. I am happy to be your guide down memory lane, but don’t be surprised if I show you a new destination or two along the way. Debbie Harmon Ferry ’90 Director of Alumni and Parent Relations 10 Things we love about commencement Summer 2014 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 2 5 1. The 5,000+ family members who join in the celebration. 2. The shouts of joy – from students and families. 3. The procession of the Golden Grads – alumni of the class 50 years ago – who lead the newest grads forward. 4. The decorated mortar boards, such as Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go. 5. The hugs, tears, and farewells among classmates, faculty and staff. 6. The familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” signaling an end – and a beginning. 7. The diversity of the crowd: all shapes and sizes, cultures, nationalities and backgrounds, babies and grandparents. 8. The fact that you might need both a sun hat and an umbrella before the day is finished. 9. The colors – bright green grass, blooming trees and plants, bouquets, Hawaiian leis, and the multi-hued robes and hoods worn by faculty. 10. The knowledge that a relationship with Linfield is for a lifetime, not just the years as a student. Debbie Harmon Ferry, circa 1989


2014 Summer Linfield Magazine
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