Last Saturday, I graduated from college. The day that I waited and worked for four years for came and went…and it was wonderful. I was terrified that I would oversleep and be late for everything, but I got up on time and was only a tad bit late for a breakfast before graduation. I got my morning Starbucks, and spent my last hour as an actual Butler student the way that I’ve spent every other….by socializing. The ladies in charge of keeping all the graduates organized and in our seats probably hated me (and others like me), because I couldn’t sit still, so I wandered the West Gym and chatted with friends until we filed into the Main Gym in Hinkle.
I didn’t really know what to expect at Commencement, because I didn’t know how many people would speak (or what they would talk about), how long it would last, and how hot/miserable it would be (there’s no A/C in Hinkle). I was pleasantly surprised though…because it was really enjoyable. Two of our class officers (Chris Beaman and Lauren Pedigo) made me cry, but for good reason, and our speaker, Richard Stengel, was absolutely perfect. So much of it just made me so proud and fortunate to have been a Butler student, and to be a part of such a great tradition for four years.
I knew that Commencement had the potential to be long and boring…so I was prepared with ways to entertain myself. My main goal was to live tweet the event. Throughout the morning, I tweeted 15 times, which wasn’t bad considering that it lasted for about three hours. I tried to tweet about each person that spoke, and I toyed the idea of tweeting to each one of my friends when they walked across the stage…but I think that all of my followers are glad that I didn’t follow through with that idea. I also took photos of all different things during the morning, and I Instagramed some of my favorites. Here are two of them:
After it was all over, I found my family, and began the celebration. For me, that meant taking photos – everywhere. We started at Alpha Phi, with all of the girls who graduated in my pledge class (we have quite a few pharmacy majors who won’t graduate until 2014), then we took family photos at my favorite place on campus (Holcomb Pond), and a few more on the mall at the BU sign and at the Bulldog. We also stopped by the COB‘s reception for parents and graduates, where I had the chance to introduce my parents to the people who have played such a big hand in my college career, and where I was able to say my final goodbyes to my professors. Again, it was an absolutely amazing day…and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end my time at Butler!
This blog wouldn’t be complete without a few tips for future graduates of Butler University. On your graduation day…some things to remember are:
- Wear something lightweight under your gown. Even if it isn’t too hot out that day, they are STILL miserable.
- Girls, take bobby pins for your cap. And – know that you can fit a really small purse under your gown.
- Go to the bathroom before commencement. It’s a long ceremony…and there is only one time available to slip out and relieve yourself.
- After graduation, if you have cords and other regalia, hold on to them tight. I almost lost mine a few times…and actually lost them once (but I found them too).
- Eat plenty beforehand. You’ll get really hungry just sitting there forever…
- Charge your phone fully. Mine was fully charged, and it ended up at around 50% by halfway through the ceremony…(maybe it was all my tweeting??)