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5.14.08 Convocation

This evening was the convocation ceremony for my MSU MA. MSU does two graduations - the convocation is the smaller ceremony that is just composed of your "school" (in my case, the Graduate School) where you walk across a stage and your name is read. The "big" graduation is where EVERYONE attends, and is much bigger, but a lot less personal.

So, tonight was convocation. The weather was really nice - it was a little cold at times (I wasn't cold, but my hands were) but no rain and it was pleasant!

On to the pictures:

Me before it all began.

Me and mommy.

Me after my name was called. This is me getting a kiss from the president of the university. Not gonna lie, I feel cool because of this. I used to work in the president's office, and know her because of that. Made me feel special! The Dean of the School of the Arts on the right gave me a kiss too when I got over to him. I've had a lot of fun working, getting my BA, and my MA at Montclair! I absolutely love the people there!

The family! Alyson, Dave, me, dad, mom.

David and I

The art gallery has a George Segal sculpture in front of it with these people. I've always wanted my picture next to one of them, and figured this was the perfect time!

My high school graduation was sort of obligatory, and not all that big of a deal to me. The morning immediately following my HS graduation, I left to go perform at summer stock theatre - missing the overnight Project Graduation as a result. (Oh well.)

My college graduation was obviously nice and fun, but again - it didn't seem like all that big of a deal. I always knew I'd be going to college, I had a full-ride scholarship - I sorta just went along, did my thing, and graduated!

So, this is the first time that I really *chose* to continue to go to school - I basically knew I'd get into the MSU program, and applied to the FIT one on a whim. I got into both, and didn't know how to decide. So, I did both. It's so fulfilling to now be finished. I worked while going to stay away from educational loans, and it will be so weird to not have to write a check for (double) tuition at the start of each semester.

I still have the final chemistry exam for FIT, some small minor sewing for my bonnet, and then I have to finish my FIT thesis, but I have one year to do so. Three years of grad school amazingly went by quickly, and I'm excited to see what life has in store for me next. It's scary, but I can't wait!

So, these are the pictures of the first of 3 graduation ceremonies that will occur in the next 2 week and a half!


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 15th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS! You definitely should be proud! I love how your lipstick perfectly matches the gown! :P

I never had a graduation cap! That's what keeps me motivated to keep going! I really really want it, haha.
May. 15th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Congrats. You look so nice. 3 ceremonies, wow.
May. 15th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Ya know - no matter what many people say about how much fun they had in highschool or whatever - for me, my life gets better as I get OLDER! I mean ok, highschool was fun for the lack of true responsibility, but honestly life is a lot more rewarding and fufilling with each year we age. I think it's more exciting to plan and live our current and future lives than it is to reminisce about a past, especially when life is getting better! Congrats, and I think you will continue to succeed. :)
May. 15th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
I totally agree - although I had a great time in high school, I wouldn't want to go back at all! I think life is more exciting now!
May. 15th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Well..congratulations to you sweetie. That's soooo awesome.

May. 15th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
May. 15th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
You look so beautiful as always. I'm very proud of all of your accomplishments!! Congrats!
May. 15th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you everyone for the kind words! :)
May. 15th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
great pictures! congratulations!!
May. 15th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
congrats! what are your plans for once you finish all your work and ceremonies? do you have a job lined up?
btw- that is so amazing you wont have any loans to pay back, that is rare these days! I wish I was in that situation!
May. 15th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Hey! Congrats! I thought it was funny because my experience was almost exactly the opposite! I had a good time with my high school graduation... because I knew a lot of people at that point including most of the people filming and doing lighting and all that because of the theatre stuff. And then in college I was very excited for the undergrad graduation, again knowing tons of people both graduating and in the audience watching. But with my masters graduation from GATech, the masters students all graduate with the undergrads in one of those huge ceremonies and I really have no allegiance to that school at all... so I didn't go! haha. your small ceremony sounds nice though!!!!! I'm jealous.
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