Conferment – the view from the backstage crew

by Morwenna Brett The RCO management team is required to pull together on Conferment day and perform some interesting duties, outside our usual skillsets.  First thing in the morning wicker baskets arrive full of assorted gowns and hoods, and the robing department has to make sure that everyone gets the correct gorgeous garments for the ceremony.  We stuff the programmes with appropriate fliers and donation envelopes, and become ushers and usherettes as soon as the audience starts to arrive.  A line-of-sight signal relay is set up so the organist can be cued to supply the fanfare just as the platform…

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