Golden shoes have glittered throughout history. From the 2500 year old gold shoes that were discovered in the tomb of a Celtic Chieftain, to the golden racing cleats worn by US Sprinter Michael Johnson when he won gold at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.
Which bring us to the Talaria, or golden, winged sandals worn by the Greek deity, Hermes, messenger of the gods. Borne by his flying, gold shoes, Hermes was the god of transitions and boundaries. He moved between the worlds of the mortal and divine, living and dead, and among travelers, shepherds, orators, thieves, athletes, poets, inventors and traders.
So, gold shoes at a graduation make more than just sartorial sense. Graduation is really just a waypoint, a transition from one time and place to others, some as yet unknown. And as the graduates of 2013 set out to cross boundaries from one world to another (and then others), hopefully they remember to pack their own Talaria to help them in their travels — the love of learning, curiosity, creativity in the fields they pursue, and the ability, like Hermes, to be an emissary on behalf of others and for themselves.
And in the spirit of Hermes, here is one last message, on behalf of those who attended the Graduation – a golden thank you to all of the parent volunteers who created the lovely Olympian bacchanalia that followed the graduation, including Maria Alvarez, Mamie Bittner, Angela Campbell, Darlene Como, Jessie Degryse, Olympia DeRosa, Donna and Peter Donnellan, Addison Greenwood, Judith Krones, Nancy Markus, Susan Okun, Cathy Osman, Joe Palca, Greta Rosenzweig, Bruce Speigel, Diane Thompson, Roberta Ujakavich, Joe Vellioux, Ellen Wilson, (breath…) and, of course, Sherri Jones, who led the entire effort with her usual aplomb and all-purpose talaria!