What’s in a name?
The answer to that question right now, for me, is … a lot.
I started to follow the online instructions on the Thompson Rivers University website to apply to graduate but when the screen popped up to review the information, I cancelled the process.
I stopped not because I’m not looking forward to wearing the cap and gown but because something was missing.
My name was shown as Marvin Ross Beatty; close, but not quite.
Ross is my father’s name and one I am proud to share with him, but my full name is Marvin Ross Edward Beatty, which also includes my grandfather’s name, neatly tying together three generations.
When I walk across the stage, I know that Frederick Edward Beatty — along with many others — helped get me there. Don’t worry, Mom and Dad…you still have top billing, but your parents also played pivotal roles in my upbringing.
So, I sent a copy of my driver’s licence off to the Admission Office and will wait patiently until the addition is made. I owe it to my family, all of them, to honour them this way.
(Really, my name should be Marvin Ross Edward Betty Ann Helen Edith Bert Sheri Beatty but that’s a bit much to squeeze onto the degree.)
I look forward to reuniting with my classmates in Kamloops in June. I know it will be a sunny day, full of smiles and laughter.