David Peterson shed a tear as a flash mob took over his final convocation ceremony Thursday to pay tribute to his distinguished service over the past six years.
As president David Naylor delivered his closing remarks, the giant pipe organ came alive. Then one student rose from the audience and began singing to the tune of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”
“Farewell, dear chancellor, all your convocations are done,” she sang.
Another student joined in, and then the curtains rose, revealing a choir and large band. Peterson looked around, trying to make sense of the scene, and began wiping tears away as hundreds in attendance stood and clapped.
The crowd joined in, clapping, giving Convocation Hall a gospel feel before Matt Woroshyl finished with a saxophone solo.