مراسم اعطای درجه دکترا : نوشته جوی مدنی : آپادانا شماره آبان - دی 1389
Presentation of Doctorate
To Zahra Almodares
University of Leeds
Tuesday 14th December 2010
A LETTER ADDRESSED TO ZAHRA'S DEAR PARENTS
We were honoured to be invited by our dear cousin Zari to represent her beloved parents at the Degree Conferring Ceremony.
Leeds is 350 kilometres from Clevedon, so we made arrangements to stay on Monday night at a comfortable guest house in Leeds. The journey north was pleasant and in good weather took about 4 hours.
We telephoned Zari when we arrived and had a little rest. Zari called at the Abbey Guest House for us and we heard her news. She explained the programme for the next day before we went to an excellent restaurant as Zari’s guest for supper. The area was brightly lit with sparkling white light for the Christmas Festival. We ate chicken, salad, olives and aubergines, and retired well fed for a good night sleep.
Early next morning we drove to the steps of the university and awaited Zari. She soon came looking impressive in her green silk academic gown and a black Tudor bonnet with gold tassels, the fashion in 1500. She had kindly made arrangements for us to park near the ceremonial hall.
At this point Zari left us to take her seat as the first in the front row on the graduates’ side. University porters dressed in smart grey suits, white shirts and university tie then looked after us and took us by lift to the first floor Ceremonial Hall. There an organist was playing classical music. The large Hall built in ancient style was tall and light. The platform was beautifully decorated with red and green flowers and graduates were busy helping guests to their seats. Those receiving their degree sat on one side of the hall and we, the families and friends, on the other. Altogether about 400 people were present. The music became louder and more solemn and the Academic Procession of University Professors arrived in the colourful variety of the gowns of their qualifications. They moved slowly and ascended steps to the tiered seats on the stage.
An announcement was made of the purpose of this Solemn Assembly and the graduates prepared one by one to ascend the steps and receive their degrees from the Deputy Vice Chancellor. Those getting doctorate in any subject preceded other graduates. Zari was first of all and everyone in the Hall clapped and cheered congratulations to her and to those who followed her up the steps.
When all had received their degrees the Deputy Vice Chancellor asked all the graduates to stand and express their thanks by applauding their families and friends on the other side of the Hall. Their support had brought the graduates to this great moment of success. This was the real message for you.
The Academic Procession left after all the degrees had been given and we rejoined Zari for photographs. Zari frequently spoke of you and the arrangements she had made for a video of the Ceremony and official photos to be sent directly to you in Esfahan. There was a reception in her Department and a tour of her laboratory where the atmosphere was relaxed and cheerful and we met many of Zari’s colleagues. We were impressed by their obvious appreciation of and respect for her. We also met her kind supervisor Dr Patrick McGowan and her helpful colleague Dr Chris Pask. We went to lunch with these two senior academics at a Persian Restaurant where we all congratulated Zari and enjoyed a feast. The menu consisted of Mirza Ghasemi, Nan, sabzi, panir, Mast and spinach, dough and Kabab with enough saffron rice for an army. At lunch Zari presented her supportive colleagues with the lovely Persian plaques that you had sent for them. They were delighted with these beautiful handicrafts.
After all this excitement and good food we were tired, so Zari went to her flat and we went to the guest house for a siesta. Refreshed in the evening we drove to Zari’s comfortable flat. We decided we could eat no more, so relaxed with plenty of tea, rejoiced in Zari’s achievement and the pleasures of the day. We talked happily for some hours, then bade farewell to Zari and drove back to the guest house
It was both an honour and a pleasure to represent you on this joyful occasion when the determination, hard work and sacrifice of Zari were rewarded. We pray that God’s blessing will guide and surround her future path.
JOY & NASSER MADANI
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THANKSJOY! FOR YOUR VIVID DESCRIPTION & CONGRATULATIONS TO ZAHRA FOR HERACHIEVEMENT.
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