The pink, it has led me to a place of ethical dilemma, and I have not chosen the path of righteousness. I have chosen the path of pink, people. I have no shame.
Because I have about 95 percent Seniors who will be graduating in June, I needed to order a cap and gown so that I can participate in the graduation ceremony. I picked up the order form and filled in all the necessary information.
As I was finishing up the form, my neighbor teacher stopped by and, when I told him what I was doing, he informed me that he never participates in the graduation ceremony because he only has a Bachelor’s degree. Having myself only a Bachelor’s degree, I asked that he articulate on the issue.
Since a majority of the teachers on campus have Master’s degrees, they all wear hoods with their graduation regalia (when you graduate with a Bachelor’s degree, you wear a black robe; when you graduate with a Master’s degree you get the black robe PLUS a colored hood, the color denoting your field of study). Apparently, there is always one lone ranger teacher wearing the black robe without a hood and, amongst all the colored hoods, it looks like he forgot part of his regalia.
Not one to be left out, and certainly not one to look underdressed, I simply crossed out Bachelor’s and bubbled in Master’s.
I then went to my university’s website to check out what color hood I would need to align with my field of study, History of Art and Architecture. I found the list of colors and found my major color, white.
As I filled in the form requesting a white hood, my neighbor teacher asked, “Don’t you want to be a Media Arts major?”
“Don’t you want to be a Media Arts major?” he repeated, nodding toward the computer screen.
And there it was:
Major: Media Arts
Hood Color: Pink
Why, yes, I think I will. So I scratched out the truth (Bachelor's, History of Art) and filled in a lie (Master's, Media Arts) and, assuming they don't, like, look it up or anything, I will be absolutely fabulous at graduation.