A little over two weeks ago I graduated from college. Going into the weekend I was kind of nervous. I’m not sure what I was worried about, because it wound up being a really fun weekend.
On Saturday some of the fourth years in the architecture school organized a catered lunch at a nearby golf club for graduating students and their parents. My parents didn’t come until the next morning, so it was just Brian and me. But it was nice to see everyone and meet their families. The food was yummy and the weather was beautiful!
Saturday night the alumni association held a class party for graduating students and their guests from 9:00 to midnight. We had so much fun chatting with my friends and their guests. There was also a nineties cover band at the party that was really fun. Brian and I went home fairly early to get a good night’s sleep.
The morning of graduation my roommate’s brother came to our apartment at 7:00 to make us pancakes and mimosas. It was so nice! We all got ready and snapped a couple of photos, and then left to line up.
By the time I got to where I was supposed to be I was a hot mess. Thankfully I had cooled down by the time we were supposed to walk down the lawn. I saw my dad and then my mom in the crowd as I processed down the Lawn with my classmates (trying hard not to trip!) It was a really cool experience.
Our graduation speaker was coincidentally the same speaker who spoke at my high school graduation. My expectations were low because I remembered him to be really boring, but he was actually better the second time around.
After the main graduation everyone split up into their department graduations. We had a faculty speaker and a student speaker, both of which were awesome. I thought I might cry a couple of times during both of their speeches but I managed to hold it together.
After I graduated and had my diploma in hand we decided to take some family photos in front of the Rotunda.
And then we were done! My family was worn out by the end of the day (they left at 5:30 in the morning to get there early!) and we went to eat at a pretty casual Japanese restaurant. It was perfect because it was laid back and we were all pretty worn out.
After my family left to go back home, Brian and I went back to my apartment where I promptly showered and passed out. We decided around 10:30 to walk to the Corner and get ice cream (we have a 24 hour Baskin Robbins/ Dunkin Donuts… I know you’re jealous.) It was really warm and we got our ice cream to go and sat on the steps of the Rotunda in the dark, watching the lightning. I’ve sat on the steps of the Rotunda countless times over the course of the last four years, and I know that trip wasn’t my last. But sitting there at the end of graduation day
it really hit me that college was over, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget what it felt like sitting there.
Whew! Graduation officially blogged. My computer is still broken but I hope you will see more of me on this old blog soon. Happy Tuesday!