This might be a long one.
Welp, I made it! Four years later, and here I am, walking across the stage and taking my diploma. It’s a little crazy to think about; I’m not positive I’ve fully processed it yet.
Actually, my graduation for me was a little more nerve-wracking than average, as I had a speaking role. Now, admittedly, it wasn’t huge, clocking in probably at around two minutes, but I’m not huge on public speaking. I do believe I’m better than average though – I don’t fear it, and I’m capable of doing it when I need to, but I don’t exactly consider it fun.
Anyway, my speech – thankfully, we’d been drilling our parts for a month, so I knew it very well. I did the opening welcome bit. I did almost stumble once, but I recovered, and I think it was okay! I didn’t have the funniest speech, or the most entertaining, or the most emotionally moving, but it was short and sweet. And honestly, when graduation ceremonies feel like they last forever, short and sweet is definitely ideal!
So yeah, I did get pretty bored sitting there after my part was done. It was very nice getting the most nerve-wrecking part out of the way at the start, but it did also mean I had about an hour and a half just to sit there and do nothing.
Nothing that is, but listen to the speeches of the other class officers. And they were great speeches – I’ve just heard them over and over again, maybe 20 times each, in our after school practices over the course of the last month of school.
The last month of school – I really can’t believe it. Like, really can’t believe it. It felt like high school was never going to end, and yet somehow, I was walking across Rupp Arena in a black robe with my tassel on the left of my cap tonight.
I grinned dorkily the whole way.
After the ceremony, I got some pictures with my friends. Or tried to – it was pretty dark out, not to mention chilly and rainy, so they weren’t really ideal photography conditions. But it’s whatever, it’s the principle of taking photos with a friend that counts! Thankfully, I got all of my ootd photos done earlier in the afternoon, so I didn’t have to worry about that.
As for outfit, I went for the classic white summer dress. Actually, I put a lot of time and effort into figuring out what to wear for graduation; originally, I had thought I would just wear something I already owned, but my mother convinced me to go out and buy something more traditional with the white. I paired it with some tan wedges (added height without the discomfort of heels!) and some gold earrings – I had to keep it pretty simple because of the gown, cords, and stoll I had to put on top.
Also, my parents were super lovely and even got me a huge bouquet of flowers to pose with!
I think that’s it for me this evening! It’s like, 2AM as I write this and I’m super hungry, even though I got ice cream and cake after the ceremony was over.
I just still can’t believe it’s all over! Not to be cliche, but it’s like something out of a dream!
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