Yesterday was the big day! I now have BA to my name and I’m officially a graduate of the University of Leicester.
All-in-all it was a really nice day. Mum and dad came down for the day to celebrate with me. First thing I did was collect my graduation robes from the Students’ Union. Being completely kitted out in gown and mortar board was such a surreal feeling at first. I’ve known quite a few people graduate in my life time and it always felt like one of those things that was really far away. But it was my turn at last!
After taking a few photographs and a lot of mortar board adjusting, we made our way to De Montfort Hall and weaved our way through the crowds of graduands and proud parents and families towards the entrance. I was pointed to my seat and when I got there I found that I was sitting among friends. Yay!
The whole ceremony lasted about two hours. First the academic procession filed in and then the National Anthem was sung. The Dean of Leicester cathedral the Very Reverend David Monteith and Lars Tharp, of Antiques Roadshow, were receiving honorary degrees on the day. So they both made speeches. Then there was the big moment. Towards the end of the ceremony I was called up on stage and shook hands with the Vice-Chancellor. Before we left we were given our degree certificates and academic transcripts. Job done!
After the ceremony was over my parents and I made our way to the Modern Languages degree day reception in the Marquee, where other students and professors had congregated. We had a few nibbles, a few drinks, did a lot of chatting, and took a lot of photographs.
That’s more or less the whole day summed up! Yesterday was a great way to round off four years of hard work, and I’m so pleased with my 2:1 and distinction in spoken Italian.