So I forgot to mention in my last post that at the Honors College Celebration I was also given one of the two service awards for service to the college. It was really a nice surprise.
Anyway, the last thing to recap is the actual commencement. I must say, much of the reason I even marched was because it was important to my parents. Personally, I think the ceremony is long and impersonal and I could have done without it. However, I do think I would have regretted not going later in life, so I decided to do it. It was interesting because as I was pausing to reflect on the occasion I found that I really didn't feel much of anything. When I graduated high school I cried because I was so excited to be out of that place. When I left a summer program I cried because I didn't want to go home. College graduation: nothing. I wasn't upset and I wasn't overly excited either. Something tells me I'm not really going to appreciate this event until later in my life.
The morning started out with one last trip to our department. We had a small breakfast and chatted before the ceremony. And took lots of pictures. This is me with the four other chemistry majors that graduated this year:
Then it was time for the ceremony. Lots of important people spoke, like the president of our university;
Another 45 minutes went by and we were released out into the world for copious amounts of pictures. So here they all are. First with my family: