“Learn About” Questions
- What is restorative justice?
- How can restorative justice help promote healing and peace in situations that have been very difficult in the past?
- What is an honorary doctorate?
“Learn From” Questions
- Have I ever experienced something “coming full circle” in my life? What was it like?
- Are there opportunities in my life that I have not been able to enjoy or take part in due to reasons beyond my control? What are they?
- Have I ever been able to complete something started by a parent or grandparent? What was it and how did it feel?
As we were escorted from the stage, we went down the center aisle and one of the faculty, I don’t know who it was, rushed out and she was actually crying and she said, I am so sorry, so sorry. And another one of the graduates, the graduate-school graduates, came to me and said, I am so happy that my graduation was this day when that happened. So, it was a gift that keeps on giving. I was invited, and I did become a member of the advisory board for the College of Education after that, and the chancellor and I continued to communicate and he learned that I liked football so he invited my son and me as his guests. He told me, look at the schedule and decide which game you want to see and let me know. And I remembered growing up in Little Rock when Auburn would play University of Arkansas in Little Rock; of course, we couldn’t go so I told him, that’s the game I want to go to. And we did. We were his guests in the sky box. And then at the winter commencement, he invited Ernest and he was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Arkansas. So, it came around full circle. It was a beautiful experience.