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What to expect from graduation

Vicky Scott shares her memories of the day every student is working towards.

Graduation is the most important event in a student's time at university. It’s also a celebration with friends, family and other students, as receiving your degree from the Chancellor of your university is a real recognition of your achievements.

My graduation day passed far too fast for me but made me feel that my life was about to take a new direction and so it was pretty exciting! I was joined by members of my family and all the friends I had made throughout my three years of study. The atmosphere on campus was one of excitement and also nerves – the thought of falling over in front of the audience was on many peoples minds (especially the girls who had all dressed to impress with their high heels on!). One of the most exciting things for me was to dress in my robes and mortarboard as it felt real from then on. Walking into the ceremony was very nerve racking as there was over 800 people watching me, and it was all being recorded!

The ceremony lasted for around two hours – quite long but there was around 500 students’ names to call in that time from the two departments. I also enjoyed the funny stories from the academics which helped to calm my nerves. The university then put on a champagne and canapés reception for students and our guests which really felt like a celebration!

Overall the day was a fantastic experience and having my family and friends there to celebrate with me made it all the more special. Looking back, all those hours I spent studying hard, reading tons of books and writing lots of essays really paid off and I will look back on my experience and achievement (2.1 in (BA) English Language) with lots of memories as well as some fantastic pictures! 

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