Commencement Craziness

“As we go on, we remember all the times we had together. And as our lives change, come whatever, we will still be friends forever.”

I graduated from college.

That’s still an unbelievable thing to say. It seems like just yesterday I was a scared, little 18 year old moving into N489 Territorial Hall (T-Hall if you were cool enough). I think I blinked and got a little smarter, fatter. and poorer, but what an amazing four years it has been.

My last final exam was incredibly anti-climactic. I was one of the only seniors in the class, and my professor said “see you next year”, when I handed her the test. Sigh. After finals ended and it became official that I had actually survived college, the celebrating could begin. Two of my first and longest college friends. Annie and Alex, joined me for sangria, guacamole, and more at the glorious Hola Arepa. What could be better?

Other celebrations included: Sally’s Saloon with the roommates and friends, courtesy of the Adam’s family, and forcing Bennett to take thousands of graduation photos (sorry!).

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Commencement day was an accurate summary of my four years of college: chaotic, unseasonable weather, surrounded by lots of great people, a little boring, a little stressful, and filled with the sounds of “Graduation” by Vitamin C running through my head, hence the quote.

I knew that my graduating class was a big one; close to a thousand people all together, in one hockey arena, walking across the stage one by one. But wow. That’s a lot of people. It was nothing like my high school graduation that was in a small gym and I knew all 150 people that walked across the stage. This time, I felt lucky to know ten.

There are good things and bad things about going to such a big school. One of the good things about going to to a gigantic school is that you can get a pretty awesome commencement speaker. Ours was a UMN grad, Broadway star, and the voice of Prince Hans in Frozen. Luckily he seems much nicer than his animated character. His speech, and not tripping across the stage as I accepted my diploma, were some of the highlights of the day.

I was lucky enough to have a lot of extended family come to celebrate commencement, including my grandma from Arizona who spent the entire day happily celebrating my graduation, even though it was her birthday. What a gal.

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