HAS the time arrived for the end of some of the more outmoded and time-wasting happenings when it comes to ophthalmic officialdom?

For example, having guest speakers at graduation ceremonies, where what is delivered is usually sleep-inducing for the audience or just a mish-mash of platitudes and bonhomies.

The guest speaker is usually a mate of someone high up in the organisation concerned, or someone who could influence, say, a government policy, or be in a position to channel sorely-needed funds into, perhaps, a new research facility. Rarely do such speakers say much that is remembered; and what they do say, often takes ages.

All of this while some of those assembled on the stage in academic dress (at times quite garish) look down on the audience as if they (the audience) are inferior beings.

Fortunately the tedium of it all is relieved by the egress of the official party, followed by a civilised rush for the drink waiters in order to quench thirsts.

So will it ever change? Probably not; there are too many egos involved.