Class of 2012

Here are the photos from my Graduation – Newcastle University, Class of 2012. I think that sounds very ‘American’ because it’s not really something we’d tend to say over here, but we got given this little goody bag which had some sweets in that said ‘Class of 12’ so decided it would be a good title!
These are the photos we took around my building and the Quad at the University before and after the actual ceremony. I did have some professional ones taken with a mortar board and scroll when I picked up my robes, but we’ve haven’t got those yet. I think we’re only getting one of them to send out to relatives etc. but we had loads taken of my whole family, me and Ben, and various combinations of us! To be honest I thought the mortar board make my head look funny, but never mind haha!
We were super lucky to have a lovely day for the graduation – it’s been rainy and grey every other day this month, but we got some warmth and sun! It meant we could get some really nice photos outside altogether and not rushed! It was Ben’s sister’s graduation last week in Newcastle too, but unfortunately it was a horrible rainy day (outfit photos from that day coming soon too!). But I was really lucky to have such a nice day!
Above is the whole of my course: that’s right, all three of us!! We did have a few others from different courses (for example, Classical Studies rather than just Classics) join us for our various lectures, but for certain lectures there would sometimes only be two of us!! It’s weird to talk about it in the past tense, now that it’s all over. You can see here the stage where I had to walk up to shake hands with the Vice Chancellor (which is apparently the moment where you officially become a Graduate) with all the tutors sat behind:
During the ceremony I could see three of the tutors who’d taught me over the years, one in particular who’d taught me every single year and for more than one class, so I’ve spent a lot of time with, and it was then that it hit me that I won’t ever be sat in those rooms again being taught by these people. It feels really weird, but at least I’m so lucky to have a job to go to in September, and I think now I’ve been well prepared for it.
You can’t really see much of my outfit in these photos, but we did a few photos after I’d given the robes back of just my outfit, so I’ll post those at some point. But for now, the dress is from French Connection – my parents bought it for me a couple of months ago. I’d started looking for a graduation dress quite a while back, and saw this one on the French Connection website and loved it, so my parents agreed to buy it for me! I thought it would be useful for more than just graduation, and it looks like it will be! The shoes are a different story altogether!! I left them a bit till last minute after not being able to find any I liked before – I wanted black ones to keep it a little more conservative, not too high (so I didn’t fall over on stage!) and preferably with a strap so they wouldn’t fall off, but I couldn’t find any anywhere! So the day before graduation, I was just planning to wear some I already had, even though they were too high, but popped into a charity shop with my mum and saw these for only £3 – perfect! The chunky heel made them a lot steadier, plus they were quite smart and sensible!



  1. July 18, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    Congratulations, and your dress and shoes look fabulous! x

  2. July 18, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    Congratulations Sian! You look beautiful in all the photos 🙂 xxx

    • July 18, 2012 / 6:00 pm

      Thanks Tor!! Hopefully see you at the Leeds Blogger meet =D xx

  3. July 18, 2012 / 2:46 pm

    Congrats girl! Your dress is so pretty and I’m totally eyeing up that blue skirt that girl has on in the second to last pic. Creeper!

    I’m surprised you over there hold your ceremonies so late. Ours are always the first or second week of May, right after the semester lets out.

    • July 18, 2012 / 6:02 pm

      Thanks Ashley =D
      I’m surprised you have them so early!! We finished our semester at the end of May, then had exams until mid-June, so we have to wait until after everything’s been marked to get our results then graduate. At Oxford though, they have to sign up as soon as they can to graduate – one of my friends said she was lucky to be graduating in October even though she finished in June! Some people have to wait years there!!

  4. July 18, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    Huge congratulations Sian! You look gorge 🙂 my cousin is at Newcastle Uni – it looks lush! I’ll be wearing my mortar board next year – fingers crossed!xx

    • July 18, 2012 / 6:03 pm

      Thank you! What’s your cousin studying? May have seen them around!! Ooh good luck for next year, it’ll come round sooner than you know =D

  5. July 18, 2012 / 4:39 pm

    Congratulations Sian, you look lovely 🙂


  6. July 18, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    First of all Congratulations and the weather must have been on your side to get such a lovely day seeing as it seems to be constant rain and storm.

    secondly, thank you for your comment and glad you did cos I have just discovered yet another great blog. I like your style and look forward to reading your future posts and get to know you in the process.

    Thirdly-there is only THREE of you in your class??? that meant u had to pay super attention and couldn’t even gossip (which is what I tend to do in most of my lectures)


    • July 18, 2012 / 6:04 pm

      Thank you! =) Yes, we were so lucky, it was amazing!! And yep, only the three of us!! We did join with the year below for some classes, and we’d have to do one module from Classical Studies so that was a bigger group, but it was just us on that course!

  7. July 18, 2012 / 5:49 pm

    Ooooh, these are the thrifted shoes! They are fantastic! Congrats on graduating 🙂 I’m new to your blog, what job do you have lined up in September? Congrats on that too!

    • July 18, 2012 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you!! I know, I was so lucky to find them just before the day =D
      I’ve got a job teaching Latin and Classical Civilisation that I start in September – very exciting but lots of work to do =)

  8. July 18, 2012 / 6:51 pm

    Ah Sian I’m so proud of you! I definitely teared up a little bit reading this! I want my graduation now!
    I love your dress and good call on your shoes! I’ve already got my graduation dress and I won’t be graduating until December!

    Charlotte x

  9. July 18, 2012 / 10:46 pm

    Congratulations Sian! You look lovely! x

  10. July 19, 2012 / 3:08 am

    Congratulations on the graduation. I graduated this year too, although I am already back doing some more study. I hope that your new pathway/career is fulfilling.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and following me. I am definitely following you back as I just scrolled through some of your posts and I find your style very similar to mine which is exactly what I like of course. And if you do happen to do a post like my timeline one make sure to link me because I would love to see your history.


    Wardrobe Quarry

  11. July 19, 2012 / 1:26 pm

    Congrats on graduating, that’s such a huge accomplishment!!!

    xo Ashley

  12. July 19, 2012 / 5:41 pm

    Congrats on graduating 😀 You and your family look great. I graduated from Northumbria the other week and had a horrible grey day xx

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