Today I am attending my college’s commencement ceremonies. (Yes, ceremonies; the college is so large that there are two sessions.) This may be the last time I attend an event in rented academic regalia. As a faculty member I could choose when to attend events like commencement and the new student convocation. As a dean, however, my presence will be required, so I might as well buy my regalia. Looking back, maybe during negotiations to accept the job I should have asked for an allowance to buy the regalia? That could be something to ponder for those who are thinking about full-time administrative jobs.