Tuesday 12th July marked a special day – my graduation! Its still sinking in that I am now a Leicester graduate. The day was really quite an unreal experience, but a great celebration of our time at University. In this blog post I would love to share it with you!
Once I had met my parents and Grandma in the Student’s Union, the first thing I did was go to fetch my graduation gown! It was a lot of fun to wear and everyone looked so lovely dressed up for the occasion. My parents made sure lots of photos were taken, including this one of me next to my face on yet another banner.
Then we went off to De Montfort Hall for the ceremony! I met up with my Geography friends outside and more photos were taken…
As 3pm approached, the excitement began building and soon it was time to go inside. We found our seats inside and were welcomed by a brass band and organ music. The ceremony lasted around 2 hours, and included honorary degrees given to deserving people including the famous Nicolas Parsons. As Geography were the last to go on stage to shake hands with the Vice Chancellor to receive our degree, we watched many other English, History and Geology graduates go on stage before it was our turn. It was great to see various friends from over the years graduate – including my housemate Becky and society friends!
After the ceremony I was given my degree certificate – First Class Honours in BSc Geography! Then we all piled outside, into the rain. I don’t think it ruined the day at all, in fact I thought the procession of umbrellas through the park was very artistic and beautiful.
Once indoors, my family and I went to get a professional photo taken in the O2, including a lovely group photo with my parents, and then returned my gown. Then we went to the Geography department for a graduation reception (with food and drinks) were I spoke to a few of my lecturers and received back the hardcopy of my dissertation. Although I did feel very sad to be leaving, it was a great day and I would really like to thank the organisers for making it so special!
Not only am I sad to be leaving UoL, I am very sad that this is my last blog post. I have hugely appreciated being able to share my experiences on this blog, as it gives me a chance to reflect on my own time here as well as give an insight to readers about studying at Leicester. I hope you have enjoyed reading my posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them. Writing these posts has me genuinely considering setting up my own blogpage somewhere else on the web! As for the continuation of the Geography page, I am sure the next Geography student blogger will do an amazing job and I look forward to reading their posts!
Thank you for everything University of Leicester.