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!