For my last blog I thought I’d share with you some bits and bobs from my graduation day and a vlog! My friend Ellie and I take a look inside some of the buildings on campus, including the Students’ Union, the Law School and the David Wilson Library. We also head into town and show you some of our favourite places to go in the city centre!
You can watch my vlog on YouTube by clicking on the picture below:
So, back to graduation. A week or so ago on a beautiful sunny day in July I was ‘admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Laws’ at the beautiful De Montfort Hall, just a a stone’s throw away from campus.
I arrived early and headed over to Queen’s Hall to collect my gown. I was then ushered toward a troop of people ready to help me get kitted out in the lovely red and black hood worn by law graduands and ensure that my cap was on straight. After that I made my way down to the o2 where I had spent many a memorable night out as an undergraduate and where I would now be having my professional graduation photograph taken!
My family and I headed over to De Monfort Hall where we parted ways and headed into our respective entrances. After watching the procession of Lecturers, Council Members and Chancellor’s make their way to the stage and listening to some speeches, the Bachelor of Laws graduands were the first undergraduates to shake hands with the Chancellor. It was without a doubt the most nervous I have ever felt about the prospect of shaking someone’s hand but happily I didn’t fall over and made it back to my seat in one piece.
The University filmed the ceremony which was great because it meant that the relatives who were unable to be there on the day could watch me grinning uncontrollably as I shook hands with the Chancellor from the comfort of their front rooms.
After the ceremony we were given our certificates and I met with my family to take some photographs.
The Law School hosted a reception after the ceremony and then it was time for lunch! We decided to go to the Marquis Wellington because it had been the pub of choice for me and my housemates for the past three years. I celebrated my 21st birthday there and we were regular attendees at the weekly open mic night. It therefore felt like the natural choice for a graduation celebration!
I have had such a fantastic time at the University of Leicester and I know that I will always look back on the memories which I have made there fondly.
I’ve really enjoyed sharing my experiences with you this year and I wish you all the best of luck with your futures!