Graduaines

The day is done and what a day it was. After three years of study and a summer of uncertainty, I finally graduated yesterday.

The chap and I arrived at the Guildhall in Winchester in good time to collect my rental gown. My parents arrived just before, having driven all the way from Glastonbury for the occasion. A flurry of forms and photographs ensued so that I could have the immortal picture of me and the scroll.

We swept along in procession to the Cathedral, a magnificent venue. As my friend sidestepped puddles and slippery paving stones, I secretly felt relieved at my choice of flat shows. Less glamour, more security, especially when I knew there would be steps to climb later. We took our seats; my parents and the chap had a splendid view of the proceedings, thanks to the chap venturing into a different seating area. They could have been stuck at the back, and as you can imagine in a cathedral, that would have been a very different experience.

The excitement and anticipation bubbled through me as my row of seats awaited our turn. It was nothing more than a couple of handshakes and a posh certificate. But no, it wasn’t just that really. It was the hours of effort poured into a single dream. It was a culmination of hard work during my school years that led me to attending University in the first place. It was recognition of every story I struggled over, every word I wrote. I took a deep breath before stepping on to the stage. As I left, I let out a sigh of satisfaction and pride.

We left via the main doors of the cathedral, a true honour. More photographs – every parent in the land was trying to capture the essence of the day. Soon it was time to hang up the infamous hat and return home. We dined on a feast of smoked salmon, carvery ham, steamed potatoes, salad, crudités, dips, hummus, savoury rice, coleslaw, crackers, cheese and Prosecco. The celebratory meal was paid for by my parents, who also gifted me with a delightful bunch of roses. It was my supper of choice, much more personal than a hurried meal in an overcrowded restaurant.

The day ran so smoothly, I couldn’t have wished for it to be any better. I’m pleased to close the chapter on full-time education now. Who knows if I will return to University in the future, but for now, I’m a graduate with big dreams and big ideas. Thank you Winchester, for lighting the fire.

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10 thoughts on “Graduaines

  1. Sincere congratulations to you. You write beautifully and I’m sure it won’t be long before you use your immense talents to their true potential. You deserved your special day and I’m so glad you enjoyed every moment. An achievement to be very proud of.

    • Gosh, thank you, what a lovely comment to receive, it made my day 🙂 I feel ready to take the next steps now, and although it will take a lot of hard work, I’m sure I’ll get there in the end. Thanks again for stopping by.

  2. Many congratulations, I love your writing and I am so pleased that you share your life with us.
    Such an achievement, the world is your oyster as they say.
    Good luck in all your future plans, you will do well in whatever path you follow I am sure.
    Love from Pam in TX.xx

  3. Hi Rebecca,
    Sorry this is late but we are now in the south of France (yippee) so there is a delay on receiving news as we have been ‘on the road’ a lot this week.
    I just want to add my congratulations to others you have received, I have enjoyed sharing a little of your journey and am so pleased that you enjoyed your day, and you deserve to be very proud of yourself. I look forward to being part of your future plans, and maybe hope to meet up when we are back in Hampshire in the spring. X

  4. Massive congratulations.

    It was lovely to read your words and thoughts about the day, you made me come out in goose-bumps. I have sat twice through my sons graduation days (one son, two degrees) and when I asked him about it, as lads do, there weren’t many words about how HE felt. I was bursting with pride as I’m sure all the parents are but it is so lovely to read your very eloquent words about your big day.

    What a wonderful achievement and a brilliant conclusion to your years of education. WELL DONE. xx

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