Graduation is a ceremony that you look forward to for an immensely long time, to the extent that it takes on momentous proportions. I have spent at least a year worrying that something would go wrong, that I'd fall up or down the steps, or just generally make a fool of myself, but thankfully, I managed to trip over at my seat rather than on the stage! The ceremony itself felt incredibly long and was a little on the dull side in places, but was nevertheless a fitting end to my studies. The weather was good too, it was incredibly sunny and very, very hot! It was nice to see everyone from my course again after so many months. The only negative experience was during the official photos (which are shockingly expensive!) as I fainted when I was having my photos taken. It was so, so hot and the heat combined with the packed room, the lack of air conditioning and my heavy black gown took its toll a bit. The photographer was incredibly nice, and found me a chair in a cool part of the room and fetched me a glass of water without being asked to, which I thought was really kind.
After the ceremony we went to get a drink in a nearby bar (a coke with as much as ice as possible for me to recover from the heat) and a bite to eat. We then went to visit my Grandad and meet up with my sister before going out in the evening with my cousin. We had dinner at my favourite restaurant. The waiter asked what the occasion was, and my Dad told them that I had graduated, and at the end of our meal they presented me with a cake and a glass of champagne and sang a graduation song which was really sweet and kind of them! The food was delicious.
It was a very long and tiring day, but incredibly enjoyable, and one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I'm sad that my undergraduate degree is over and that everybody on my course will now be going their separate ways, but I'm incredibly grateful for the experience.