And Who Could Blame Her?

It’s really hot out there and she’d certainly done more than her fair share.

Bonus: It’s almost shocking how quickly the campus becomes a wholly different place after commencement. The wreath is still up on Willy’s tomb, though. Tiny detail–can anyone tell me what kind of wreath it is? It looks to me like the stuff they add to rose bouquets.

Extra Bonus: Loyal reader and Friends of Fondren board member Jeff Ross ’75 correctly identified Friday’s mystery grad as Mary Lowery ’88, the Friends’ Executive Director. She graduated again this weekend with a master’s in Non-Profit Administration from LSU-Shreveport.

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9 Responses to And Who Could Blame Her?

  1. effegee says:

    Aren’t laurel leaves traditional?

  2. Jack Pendergrast says:

    Those look like magnolia leaves tome

  3. Nancy Burch says:

    I say magnolia as well.

  4. Melinda Clark says:

    Congratulations to Mary Lowery!

  5. Carolyn Brewer says:

    Seems they should be Laurel leaves.

  6. Owlcop says:

    This was my commencement post, and they were laurel.

  7. franciseugenepratt says:

    Did anyone crush and smell the leaves of the wreath.
    I thought crushed laurel leaves smelled like camphor. The “camphor tree” is a laurel, I think.

    • almadenmike says:

      This short article gives an interesting rundown of many laurel attributes, including the origin of the laurel wreath: https://culinarylore.com/spices:difference-between-bay-leaves-and-laurels/ (The word “laureate,” for example, is derived from the honor of receiving a laurel wreath.)

      Botanically, the laurel family (Lauraceae) includes some 3,000 different species, many with aromatic leaves and/or bark, such as the bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica, which has a stronger flavor), cinnamon, sassafras and camphor. The avocado is also in the laurel family.

      • franciseugenepratt says:

        Thanks for the URL; I read and memorized the whole thing.

        And for those who have forgotten their taxonomy:
        Kingdom King
        Phylum Philip
        Class Came
        Order Over
        Family For
        Genus Group
        Species Sex

        Now you will never forget.
        However you will never be able to admit your pneumonic (?sp).

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