We sat on the stage and welcomed the graduates during their processional with several pieces of light, happy music. After listening to the speakers, we played through much of our repertoire while accompanying the presenting of the diplomas. The graduates' recessional was so quick that we only had time to play one piece, but it was my very favorite part of the event. Rarely do we encounter a situation where Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is appropriate, but the graduates' recessional just happened to be the perfect moment for this exciting, up-beat, slightly raucous number.
Congratulations, class of 2011!