Berklee Graduation 2016

Having been through a couple of engineering graduations with my daughter Iona, I was intrigued to see what it would be like attending my son Calum’s graduation from Berklee College of Music in Boston.  Berklee certainly did not let us down, as is befitting of such an institution, they put on a great show.

This year Berklee was awarding honouring degrees to Rita Moreno, the Isley Brothers, Lucian Grainge, and Milton Nascimento. Friday evening was a concert put on to celebrate all of their contributions to music over the last 70 years or so.

On Saturday we were treated to some great speeches, focused mostly on how much the world needs art and music, particularly in representing people and views which are often marginalized or unheard.  Nobody did this better than Rita Moreno.  What a woman!  I now have a new hero and a goal in life.  When I grow up I want to be an 84 year old rapper!

Of course, the whole point of being there was to celebrate Calum’s achievements, not only in the last four years, but over a life time in music.  As one speaker said “you were all the best musician in your high school, it’s a little different when you get here!”.  It’s very hard to describe how proud we are as a family of what he has learned and who he has become.  Who knew that a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production meant you had to be able to program in multiple computer languages (if you want your music to interface with video games and the like). Not only that, but so much about how music and sound works, most of which I didn’t even realize that I didn’t know.

The Brockie Family

I can’t wait to see what comes next.

:: Justin ::