Fast-forward about one week and my school registration information arrived and while I am not taking any classes in the spring (DECEMBER GRADUATION!!!!), I needed to look at the calendar to find out when commencement ceremonies are scheduled. The school only releases the school calendar one semester at a time, so I've been waiting...as has my family...to find out when I get to don a cap and gown again. Apparently the memo got lost with the dates of Ragnar.
Ragnar and commencement are the same weekend.
Nnnnoooooooooo! I went back and forth for a few minutes and then came to my senses. Ragnar Relays happen all over the place and happen annually. I am only going to get my master's degree once. Commencement this year (and Ragnar next year). I have heard rumors that some or all of my family is planning on trekking to my corner of the world so they can watch me walk across a stage in a long, black cape-like outfit. So, no - I do not think I can run Ragnar on Fri/Sat and still participate in commencement ceremonies if I have family visiting.
Next year I'll run Ragnar if there is a team that will have me...