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Graduation Day #2

Yesterday was the engineering convocation where I got to have my name called, walk across the stage, and shake the dean’s hand. Apparently the dean of engineering sounded like Minnie Mouse, but to be honest, I was so out of it, she sounded perfectly normal to me. The highlight of the evening was definitely Ira A. Fulton, the namesake of our engineering college and founder of Fulton Homes, who at 77 years old was quite charming and charismatic, and full of entertaining life stories.

Unfortunately, I was suffering from a profound migraine that day, most likely due to allergies. It took all my will power just to get out of bed and pull myself together. I know I was a pain (and that’s putting it mildly), but I really did appreciate all my family celebrating this special day with me. I just wish I could have been thinking more clearly, without feeling like every sensory impulse was attacking my brain. *Hugs* to my family, and thanks for putting up with me.

Here are some highlights from the evening. You can see the full album here.

Oh, and you can’t tell from the pictures, but I was able to wear high heels less than a week after my colossal 44-mile hike in the Grand Canyon. Because that’s what’s important, you know.

Walking across the stage.
I think at this point, I was laughing with the audience when they realized I was the only master’s student in the chemical engineering department:

From 5.13.09 & 5.15.09 Master’s Graduation

Father and daughter:

From 5.13.09 & 5.15.09 Master’s Graduation


From 5.13.09 & 5.15.09 Master’s Graduation

Minus the cap & gown:

From 5.13.09 & 5.15.09 Master’s Graduation

2 Responses to “Graduation Day #2”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. We are all so proud of you and know that your future is going to be a bright one!

    As for the “thanks for putting up with me” above, I’m not sure if your are saying sorry for the way you were so rude and disrespectful or just thanks for letting you get away with it? Either way, it was very heartbreaking and hurtful. We know that there are times when you don’t feel good and we wish we could help, but we can’t. Sorry that had to be on graduation day when you had family visiting to celebrate with you the many years of hard work and dedication you have put into school. We pray you are feeling better!

  2. admin says:

    B – I was apologizing for my behavior.

    Upon reflection, I now realize I should have cancelled the evening all together. I was worried about disappointing those who had come all that way to see the ceremony. But I now realize I did NOT have control over my migraine. The only thing I DID have control over was my response to it, and preventing others from seeing me in that kind of pain.

    I will choose more wisely in the future. Again, I apologize to all.

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