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Saturday, 17 July 2010
I graduated - hurray!!!
My special day has been and gone - yesterday was my graduation ceremony in the Guild Hall in Preston. The venue was packed with black gowns embellished with silver grey hoods boasting red linings embellished with the Lancashire rose.
Dozens of students of a variety of ages, all wondering if our mortar boards would slip from our heads as we proudly walked across the stage to shake hands with the very grandly garbed vice-chancellor.
At 56, I was one of the oldest graduates, but none the less proud of my achievement. I was lucky that my daughter and son-in-law were able to share the day with my partner and myself, but, sadly, due to a confusion over dates, my parents and brother were unable to attend. Between us we have plenty of photos and a short video to share with them, so at least they'll be able to see some of what went on.
The univesity orchestra played beautiful music, creating a splendid ambience for everyone. Most of the faces were smiling, it was a very happy and proud occasion that we all shared.
So ... it's the end of one epoch, but thanks to my first class award, I shall be able to embark on my next academic journey courtesy of a bursary to cover the entire costs of the three year PhD. I'm so lucky:-)
Not many photos for you, just a few to give you a little taste of my wonderful day.