Three of my undergraduate friends had travelled a long way to join this reunion in Edinburgh: SH from London, HJ from Cardiff, and JG from the Republic of Ireland. I felt terrible telling them that they would all have to return home immediately after the meal because I had no time to entertain them due to my horrendous workload.
HJ took it quite well. She popped round to LIDL in Logie Green Road to pick up a couple of things before heading back to Wales by train. In complete contrast JG was extremely upset that I was sending him back across the Irish Sea so soon.
My other problem was that I had scheduled the second exam prep class for my final year students to take place after the exam. They would not be very pleased with me either.