Yesterday's events were the reason we came to the Netherlands. It began at 11. After breakfast we called a taxi which took us to the Groningen Museum where the Symposium took place. Monday is the traditional day for museum closures so that meant the museum was free for an academic symposium centered around Robert's research.
Alex had commissioned a composition in Robert's honor and the string ensemble performed before the afternoon lectures.
The next event was the defense of Robert's dissertation at 4. He and Alex walked us to a coffee shop where we had enough time for coffee and a chocolate cake before Kate and her friend Aline met us.
It was in an ancient hall on the second floor. Friends, family and colleagues streamed up the stairs and packed the room.
At 4:15 the doors opened and a master of ceremonies led the examining professors who wore robes and academic berets.
We headed for the restaurant. Grace and I walked with Vincent, Rebekah, Carlos and Charles. The wind had picked up and there was a cold mist as we headed toward the restaurant. Grace and I stopped at our hotel to change and walked over to the restaurant after about a half hour.
There we joined other invited guests, family, colleagues and friends for a buffet dinner followed by a few speeches and another performance of the composition.