The front of the crown
A crown!!! This amazing piece of art was made by my dear colleague Margaret, an artist as well as a university employee. Margaret poured all her talent into crafting this beautiful memento. I wore it for a minute, but didn't want it to fall off and break, so it sat on the pillow she also made.
It includes many things that are so meaningful to me -- the snakes represent my long interest in the Medusa; there's a griffon and a dragon, representing my overall interest in mythology, words related to my teaching and books, books, books all over it.
The interior of the crown
It was such a wonderful event -- I felt that I could hardly deserve all of the attention and affection. Happily, my son and daughter were there, as well as my husband -- I wasn't sure my son would make it, but I browbeat him until he came. His comment: "I didn't know it was going to be this big of a deal!"
The side of the crown
Me, looking silly/happy in my crown