Two years ago James was just about to be locked down in his 3rd year Sheffield University digs, mere yards from the Crow.
That summer he completed his Computer Science degree on-line, but missed out on the vital ceremony of dressing up in Ede & Ravenscroft robes in the summer of 2021, due to the pandemic rumbling on.
He never seemed fussed about missing the dressing-up, but is bright enough to know that Mrs RM and his grandparents DO get fussed about the photos, so on Wednesday he duly obliged when Sheffield Uni finally got round to acknowledging the Class of 2020.
Personally I think he wears a suit rather better than ceremonial robes, though since he works from home that hardly matters either.
After a long but well-intentioned and uplifting ceremony he was quickest to get the robes off, ensuring we got a table in the University Arms, GBG stalwart and reliable supplier of stodge and local NBSS 3+ pints to a generation of undergraduates and their anxious parents.
“You’re going to make a blog post out of this, aren’t you ?”.