It is a real shame that commencement exercises across the country had to be canceled during this most unusual time. That doesn’t mean, though, that I can’t offer something by way of best wishes to all of those transitioning to the next stage of their lives:
This Ritepoint came my way along with a bunch of other pencils, and I really didn’t notice it in the fuzzy auction pictures. Too bad that part of the top is broken, but as thin and vulnerable as it is, I suppose that isn’t surprising. This is the Ritepoint “Mortarboard Cap Pencil for Graduates,” sample number 939:
Although the mortarboard tops were available in black only, the rest of the pencil was available in all of Ritepoint’s available plastics – “use the school colors for best results,” the imprint suggests:
Ritepoint had a knack for great stuff like this, and I’ve posted about them here before - unfortunately, the articles aren’t live anymore (they were printed in The Leadhead’s Pencil Blog Volume 1, pages 167 and 339). For a little throwback, here’s the pencil in the earlier of those two articles:
“I can’t remember the name, but the fez is familiar,” I said, riffing Austin Powers.
Hug your graduates, and always, always, ALWAYS keep a sense of humor about these things.