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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 256

Virtual Graduates: Convocation 2021

Department of Neurology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission27-Jan-2021
Date of Acceptance01-Feb-2021
Date of Web Publication27-Mar-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Divyani Garg
Department of Neurology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_32_21

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We await our turn to be zoomed in,

Most of us logged in from the epicenter

Of busy outpatient services,

Fidgeting with our masks,

Waving to each other with gloved hands.

The graduation screen is wide,

But not as wide as it should be

To accommodate

All that had made us,

Our hard work, our dreams, our struggles, our failures.

There are no red robes for us today,

No tasseled academic caps,

Just hastily unfastened blue gowns

And N95 masks for when it will be our turn

-Those ubiquitous signs of our times.

Parents watch on YouTube,

There is a 15-second delay

Between when the name is actually announced

And when they see it.

15 seconds is not long-

-but it is the time-space for 3 more names on the screen.

The degree is awarded in reality,

But the experience remains surreal,

We exit the meeting after three minutes,

Our group has convocated- A brief exhilaration!

And the outpatient gushes in once more, unperturbed.

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