Over the past weekend my brother graduated from VCU with his MBA; thus, I attended the VCU School of Business’s graduation ceremony in Richmond. I was amazed at the size of the graduation; it was held in the Siegel Center at VCU, and I learned that it was preceded and followed by other graduation ceremonies.
On Saturday I thought of my colleague, Tim Lampke, in the Richmond VCU Ed.D. cohort and e-mailed him to discuss coordinating graduation ceremonies with such tight time constraints. I think many of Tim’s duties are different from many of the duties of the other students involved in K-12 leadership in the Ed.D. program; however, I made the point in my conversation with Tim that leadership is leadership, no matter the context in which it occurs. Thus many of the principles that K-12 leaders use and the principles that Ed.D. students are taught in class apply regardless of whether they are leading a school, school system, college, or company. Throughout the next two years in the program I’ll find it interesting to discuss leadership outside the K-12 realm with other colleagues.