Yes, you read that title right. I am officially a full fledged adult. So even though I have only attended a small handful of graduations, making me less than fit to write about them, I’m still going to!
Graduations are a huge part of an academics life, celebrating your achievements as you pass milestones in life. It is also an extremely traditional event which consists of very peculiar fashion and interesting music (weird, they are both weird.). But at the end of the day there are a few steps to a graduation that make it the event it is.
- The month of excitement leading up to your grad. You have passed all your classes, you are in the real world (more or less) and now its time to celebrate!
- The day of. For me this was met with barely any sleep, a long morning of preparation and a lot of coffee.
- The last dinner. Or brunch in this case, where you shake the nerves with a little pre-graduation vino.
- Gowning. This part is pretty cool, you get your regalia and the excitement is building, your nerves are okay now but you still can’t believe what is happening.
- Entrance, you finally enter the auditorium and face thousands of people waiting to watch you cross a stage. But before that….
- At least one speaker. If your lucky, you get someone cool like Michelle Obama or Maya Rudolph, or you get someone who talks for 23 minutes and makes no attempt to offer any sort of inspirational message towards your future.
- Finally, you are up and ready to cross that stage. While you are waiting you take your final moments to appreciate that questionable life you have lived for the past four years. It is time to leave that life behind.
- Without falling, you cross the stage and realize that none of the professors sitting up on the stage have any clue who you are, awesome.
- Following the ceremony you are granted the right to flaunt around in your fancy grad outfit and weird 18th century garb. Finally taking pictures with all the people you sat through all those three hour lectures with. (Because, lets be honest, you all never look this good).
- Lastly, you say goodbye, to all the friends you made and all the memories you have here. You already miss you time here even though you have barely left. Although your time in university may be over, you still have student debt to remind you that it happened.
All in all, I am extremely proud to have finished my undergrad and be off on my next adventure. I was lucky to meet so many amazing people, more than my parents will even believe I know and share many great memories with them. So if you are graduating, congratulations! and enjoy the first day of the rest of your life.