May 16, 2005

Pomp and more pomp

My smart, best-friend cajoled me into leaving my kids with her on Saturday rather than taking them to my graduation. After sitting in rows of black-caped graduates for FOUR hours, I believe that was the right decision. I was number 684. SIX-HUNDRED and EIGHTY-FOUR--just in case you didn't understand the number. Grad students went last, so there were, you know, 600+ undergrads before they even got to me. Thank God for cell phones. I was horribly bad, and from the graduation floor, called my brother (to tell him to secretly deliver me a sandwich) and then called my sister in New York.

Let's see...the fun parts of the day:

*Proving to myself, once again, that I have literally NO sense of direction, as I steered my car towards Victoria, Texas, when I was supposed to be going downtown.
*Finding out that I had a Bachelor's hood, rather than a Master's hood. I kicked someone's ass in the bathroom, and stole her hood. There was some screaming and clawing, but she gave in pretty easily. Nah, I just walked up to the table and said, "Excuse me? I think this is the wrong hood," and they gave me the right one. Nice people.
*Standing up for an hour in heels. SO pleasant.
*Slipping in the hallway while walking out to the auditorium, on a huge soap-spill. Because you know, there are ALWAYS random soap puddles in the hallway--I should just learn to watch out for them.
*Not eating lunch, therefore, going from 1030am to 6pm with NO FOOD. By the time I got to walk across the stage, I was nearly delirious with hunger. When the president handed me my diploma cover, I nearly (a) bit his arm and (b) threatened, "There better be a fucking sandwich in there!"

The best part? Seeing how proud my parents were. I wouldn't have even gone through all the pomp and circumstance for myself, but that moment was purely for my parents.

9 comments:

steelcowboy said...

Congratulations! Your parents should be proud, you've made quite an accomplishment.

Robin said...

Yay for you!! I didn't walk when I got my Master's, mostly because of the kids. I kind of regret it now. Congrats to you for a job WELL done!!

Karyn said...

Congrats Steph! I'm very proud of you!

On a completely unrelated (or maybe not) topic ... do you know there are advertisements for fart machines on your site? Niiiiccceeee. ;)

void said...

Steph, I'm with your parents - smiling and proud of you. Burn this moment in your mind!!

Anonymous said...

Steph, did you wear the white heels with the black scuff marks? hahaha.
--Nikki

jeni said...

steph!!! congrats! can you believe you're done??!!

so when do you start your phd? (snicker snicker) :)))))

Lisa said...

Congrats!!!!!

MammaG said...

WOOHOO!! Way to go!! Color me green.

OCSally said...

Conga-Rats to YOU!!!