I guess everyone will reach that stage in their life when they realise their whole world is about to change.
Whether it is because they fall in love, or start a family, get a new job, or accomplish something great.
This happened to me – well for me it was a great accomplishment. Astonishingly, after near about 16 consecutive years of studying, I finally finished and graduated last Tuesday 29th July 2014.
It’s a bit different here in the U.K – the whole graduation stuff. See, in most places in the world you graduate during high school/secondary school. Whereas here in the U.K. you graduate one you receive your degree from university – generally after studying your selected course for three to four years.
What happened at the graduation and what the pictures show at the graduation are two completely different stories. Aside from running a few minutes late to my own graduation, it was near enough a very sunny and hot 28C day.
Therefore the stress from actually having to get ready to graduate was doubled thanks to Global Warming – Global Warming, right?
My graduation took place at the Barbican Centre.
Once I arrived, the que for registration was nice and simple but the que for collecting the robes and then dressing in them? Not so much.
I just felt like I spent the first part of my graduation queing up. Then you’ve got the added stress of having to smile for every camera pointing in your face as well as being as polite as can be when being wished congratulations.
In a way, it’s like you’re burning up inside but got to keep it cool on the outside.
The robes were black with a purple hood-collar-type-thing to match the colours of London Metropolitan University.
They also had a free Photo Booth where you can take pictures in once signing up to the alumni group.
Considering I was running a bit late, I only saw my friends for a few minutes before the actual graduation ceremony.
The ceremony itself was long yet rewarding. We were seating in groups depending on our degree, then the grade we received and then alphabetically. I was seated on the 2nd row form the stage, so had a pretty good view.
Once it came to my row to be called up, I slowly felt the nerves – scanning the rest of the auditorium looking for my family as I walked to the stage. I then handed my card with my name and degree on it, and walked across the stage as they read the card out loud.
Two hours later it was finished..
I headed straight into the photography booth to get the professional photos done as a solo and then with my family.
Afterwards, I went out to see my friends again and we took more pictures.
All in all, as side from the early stress in the day, graduating was a very happy experience.