On Monday, March 5, 2012, I graduated from the cardiac rehabilitation program offered at the Potomac Hospital. There was an exchange of gifts at this graduation. The nurses had prepared a small bag of goods — a heart-shaped stress ball, a heart healthy mini-loaf of sourdough bread, a 100-calorie pack of mixed nuts, as well as a fist full of pamphlets and brochures to complement the final report card which summarized my progress. In return there was an exchange of handshakes and hugs as well as a framed copy of this piece of sequential art.
It’s important to mark the end of a project with a small ceremony or the exchange of gifts. Some graduations call for all sorts of pomp and ceremonial speeches. Other projects need to conclude with a public posting of the progress made and/or the achievements of team members captured for the record.
How do you mark the end of a significant project or accomplishment? Are food and drink served at such events? Is there an exchange of gifts? Please do share your ideas by posting a comment to this blog. Thanks in advance.
Excuse me. I’ve got to go. It’s time for me to get out and exercise. The commencement speaker at Monday’s graduation suggested it.