I think it’s finally over. I got an e-mail today (Thursday) that said, in its entirety
Dear Benjamin Schwartz,
Congratulations. Your submission, 10431 has cleared all of the necessary checks and will soon be delivered to ProQuest/UMI for publishing.
Harvard University Administrator
which means, in almost the driest imaginable way, that I’m truly done and cleared to do the cap gown hood diploma thing.*
Given that Friday is the absolute deadline for final approval, and far from the first tight timetable maneuver required through the course of this process, I find myself proud, in the way one might be proud of making two yellow lights in a row.
*: Anyone else notice that having a hat and a hood is a bit redundant?