Graduation was the most memorable day of my life so far, It will take a lot to beat it!
If you read my new beginnings post you know I graduated with some beautiful ladies, was lucky enough to have my entire family there and partied the night away with my nearest and dearest. Not to mention Graduation ball 2 days later with MORE Alcohol.
For starters, to the girls if they’re reading this, WE FUCKING DID IT. I am so proud of us all for working so hard through all the tears, horrible lecturers, assignments that went on for weeks, GROUP WORK (EW) and every other wall we have had to smash through or climb over. How did we manage it many boozy nights later I will never know, but we did. And for that I am eternally grateful for you all.
Brad & I met our families at the top of the city of Lincoln’s Steep Hill! Our gown hire, photography and general drinks and sign in was in the Lincoln Castle Walls and our actual graduation ceremony was in the Lincoln Cathedral!
We went for dinner at 4pm to a restaurant called Cafe Zoot. The food was AMAZING, so tasty and filling. I had the chorizo and chicken paella and lord I never wanted it to end! Once our tummies were full Brad and I left the family to join us in the cathedral at 5:30pm as our ceremony was at 7:30pm but we had to head in to get seated at 6:30pm!
It was all very civilised and organised. I had a gentleman fit my cap and gown for me and pin my cap to my head so it didn’t wobble or fall off, our colours to graduate were yellow and blue! I had to re-fit my cap with Mel about 60 million times throughout the ceremony. Imagine how much my jaw dropped when I saw Brad in his graduation gown, Gorgeous. We were so lucky to get to graduate at the same time an he same day!
The family appeared and it was PICTURE TIME. So many photos but standing so proud in our gowns. Photos with Brad, with my family, with Mel and Stan, with the girls. Man, the list goes on. Not to mention the professional pictures we had once we got gowned up!
The ceremony was beautiful. Us students were at the front of the cathedral and the parents, double the amount of students, were sat behind us! The Pro Chancellor of the university, all our lecturers and many more very important people were sat on the stage in front of us all to take the graduation ceremony.
There was music from trumpets as 6 uniformed men walked down the centre of the Cathedral for the Chancellor’s procession before they were seated. Afterwards there were a number of speeches and awards and finally, our names were called.
Mel and I were lucky enough to be sat with each other which was one of the highlights of the day, we were so overwhelmed and excited we couldn’t wait to get up there and accept our degree!
When they did call us up we were nervous, they made us sit at the side of the hall as they had 2 speeches to do before our course was announced! We were SO NERVOUS. When you walk on stage you are too salute and shake the gentlemans hand, that was it, but it was SO nerve racking!
Brad was fairly close to the front so the whoops and cheers I made when he graduated were loud and proud, he walked and he Graduated! Then it was our time, I don’t remember going up but I know it happened. I do remember going up I just think my mind blacked out during it
It was surreal when my name was called and I walked, I graduated. When Mel’s name was called behind me, she walked and graduated. We met at the bottom of the slope of the stage and arm in arm with our degree’s we walked back to our seats with smiles so large you couldn’t miss them from the other end of the cathedral.
When the ceremony had ended the uniformed men with their trumpets had returned, followed by the Chancellor’s procession, and Us. The Graduates.
I will never forget the feeling walking down the centre of the cathedral, Mel in front. Parents cheering, clapping, the music playing out through the cathedral and holding my degree to my chest. I could’ve and nearly did cry.
WE HAD GRADUATED!
Afterwards, this was a cause for celebration.
We met our friends at the top of the hill and that was when all our families came together in The Magna Carta pub chatting and laughing.
Lets just say we ended up in Walkabout Australian Bar until the lights came on at 2pm with My mum, sister, Brad and his whole family, Mel and her whole family and our closest friends too.
I could not have asked for a better day, nor had I ever felt so proud. My heart is full.