Friday was our final day at Eddie’s and with a hint of sadness in their smiles this wonderful group started their last day. After a good breakfast, the sadness was swiftly swept away as everyone was eager to make the most of their last day with the friends that they have made during their stay.
After lunch, students began to prepare for graduation which was held in the Garden Room. The ceremony was reminiscent of arrivals day almost two weeks ago: the students sat in rows of chairs as the warmly-intoned speech from Craig Davidson, the programme director ensued.
To the sound of enthusiastic applause, everyone came up to receive their scrolls when their names were called in a role of honour, to recognise the significance of the programme. Students who had particularly impressed teachers or counsellors were awarded prizes, but all were celebrated on this special day.
Then events moved to St Catharine’s, where students were treated to a traditional Cambridge University formal hall dinner. Good food and good conversation abounded until, done with dinner, students moved onto Clare college for the party. The music was good, the dancing even better, and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Finally, it was time to return to Eddie’s for the final time. The last curfew register was an emotional affair, and students said their bittersweet goodbyes to friends whose closeness belied the brevity of their acquaintance. In the age of social media, distance is no barrier to friendship, and we all expect our cohort of students will quickly prove that beyond doubt.