I really wanted to post some pictures from graduation but didn’t want to write a flowery, emotional blog entry about the celebration. So here are some of my favorite pictures from the great two-day extravaganza. And for anyone who really cares how special these past four years have been, an entry from my journal follows at the end (with some slight edits to remove things that are too personal to include here).
from the journal…
Wow. Undergrad is over. Wow.
I’m sitting on the steps of McKeldin, where I found myself dancing three years and eight months ago. I was a freshman, blown away by how amazing college was, just a day into the experience.
Eight semesters later, it’s over.
How the f— did it go by so quickly?
It feels like it’s time to move on — thought I suppose I’m not really moving on just yet (grad school starts in three-ish months) — but it’s going to be so hard to let go. I sort of got emotional walking out of my last final a few minutes ago, as I saw some seniors dressed in their caps and gowns on the mall and I caught a glimpse of the great Queen Anne’s Hall.
I had some really, really awesome times here. I made best friends and learned how to stand up for myself. I made mistakes and learned to not let negative energy distract me from my goals.
I love this place, and I fall in love again and again whenever I walk through the mall. Even on the bad days (which, let’s be honest, were they ever really that bad?), someone was always there for me. I can’t thank those people enough for always being by my side.
What am I going to do tomorrow now that there are no deadlines to meet, exams to take and projects to finish? Who knows. Hopefully hang out on the quad all day, finish decorating my cap and just enjoy the calm before the chaos of graduation hits. Oh my gosh. Graduation. What a scary and beautiful word.
Thanks again, James, for the awesome graduation pictures! I love them so much.