Friday, May 22, 2009

I'm slow, I know

So, I know it's been like a month since I posted. I've been so busy and slacking off really. Lots of things have happened, so I'm going to have to break this up into a few posts. First off, let's talk about graduation. I am officially a college graduate! I have a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Secondary Education (not that I'm going to be able to do anything with it). Graduation was not as tedious as I though it was going to be, and I saw lots of fun people I knew so that made standing in line a lot easier. Saturday morning we arrived a lined up in our colleges (even though I'm going into teaching I graduated with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, only the biggest college on campus ya know).
Then, we all marched down to the Centrum (it's really an event center, like the Huntsman Center or the Eccles Center, but smaller). As we were marching down we passed by protesters who were mad about President Monson speaking at the commencement. Then we walked by all the schools' professors who were clapping for us, which was really fun and embarrassing.
Commencement was short and sweet (about an hour and a half) and it featured a couple of speakers, then we switched our tassels, then a few people got honorary doctorates, then President Monson (the President of the LDS Church, don't cha know) was the keynote speaker. He had some really good advice (most of it abridged from a talk he gave a few years ago, I filled in the spiritual parts myself) and then we broke up.

I had to wait for a few hours because I wasn't getting my diploma until that afternoon, so we went back to the Hotel, took some pictures and went out to lunch (if anyone wants a good fancy restaurant in cedar City, I'd suggest the Garden House). Then the other ceremony (I don't know what they call what). This is where they read my name and I got the diploma (just a cover). We lined up, marched in and then they went department by department. My name was read with the History department (Social Sciences encompasses History, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, and Economics, it has been described as the Wal-Mart of college degrees).
I was just glad I got across the stage without tripping over myself. Since we were the biggest college, the President of the School got to shake our hands, then we shook hands with all the History professors, then they took our picture off stage, then, as we went back to our seats, the Alumni club gave us cards, which was kind of weird honestly, but whatever. And then the day was over. It was quite the whirlwind, but such a sense of accomplishment. I'm just so grateful I'm able to live in a country where I can get an education and have my own career.
So, next time, Graduation Trip to Washington DC (hint: BEST. Vacation. EVER).