While my final grades have NOT been officially posted, I finally walked across the stage to accept the leather portfolio that will EVENTUALLY house my graduation certificate once I receive it in the mail.
Just a quick shot-by-shot of the whole ceremony:
- It lasted 1 hour.
- ONE HOUR.
- SIXTY MINUTES.
- After the president of VSU made his “I’m proud of us” speech
- the Doctoral and Masters graduates were called up
- one by one and we
- were ceremoniously hooded by our adviser
- then shook hands with important faculty members
- then followed the taped arrows on the ground
- to two surprise professional photographers
- then continued following the taped arrows to our seats.
- Ya know, after a trip around the WHOLE FREAKING ARENA.
- Which I wasn’t really bummed about
- BECAUSE I WANTED TO SHOW OFF MY HOOD
- AND LEATHER PORTFOLIO
- LIKE A BOSS
Then, the faculty filed off of the stage, and the graduates all looked at each other with confusion before we slowly (and non-uniformly) moved our tassels from the right to the left. And, filed out before meeting for a quick group shot.
I have to admit: I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the ENTIRE THING. It was ridiculous. Every single graduate had a smile (we probably looked pretty dumb, but WHATEVER).
This wasn’t like a high school graduation ceremony or even an undergraduate graduation ceremony.
THIS WAS GRAD SCHOOL.
I’m still all tingly.
Next focus: GETTING A JOB
Or, in my case: WAITING FOR THE CALL FROM MY INTERVIEW.