Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 marks the day I became a college graduate. I have to say, it was all (and still is) a bit unreal. It felt like the day I had waited forever for had somehow gotten here so quickly.
The night before graduation we had a nice dinner with family and John at 518 West, an Italian restaurant in downtown Raleigh. My only request was that it was in the city I had grown to love over the last 3 years as I wanted my family to witness just how great of a place it is for themselves. Dinner was delicious and the company was even better. This is a picture of myself, my brother, and grandmother at dinner.
Wednesday started early with the big commencement ceremony at the PNC arena. It was a very nice ceremony and our student speaker did great. Even more impressive, he kept it all a secret from his mother that he was the speaker. I’m sure she was shocked!
Then, later that afternoon, was the departmental ceremony. This ceremony allowed each graduate a chance to introduce all those who were there to support them as well as speak of their future plans. Although some did have upcoming plans, it came as a relief to me that many were in my same place as I am and did not have anything immediately planned.
To round out the fabulous day before packing my bags and heading home for the holidays, John and I headed to the bell tower to take a few pictures as many graduates do. We had a beautiful day with a blue sky.