Monday, May 19, 2014

Commencement 2014

Where do I even begin...

Class of 2014 president Gracie Barney speaking at Commencement

Well, to start, I graduated from college. I am officially an alumnus of Saint Michael's College.

Carrying my diploma: B.A. in Media Studies & the Digital Arts

The Media Studies department's professors (Griffith, Swope, Mindich)

The residents of TH 211

My family
L-R: my brother Scott, his fiancé Emilee, myself, my dad, my mom

Now I am living in Burlington with three friends from SMC, working some odd jobs until I start working full-time in mid-June.

I've been trying to figure out exactly how it feels like having graduated from college but it doesn't really feel that different. I'm living 10 minutes from SMC and most of my friends are also living downtown this summer. Maybe when the fall rolls around and I don't have to return to school for another semester it will sink in that college is over. For now, I'm feeling so happy and fortunate to stay in the place I love with the people I love.

P-Day with some of my best friends

During orientation nearly four years ago, first-year students were told to write a letter to themselves on their graduation day. When I found my chair at line-up for the procession my letter was waiting for me. It reminded me of how far I have come during my time in college. I sat through graduation thinking about all of the amazing opportunities I was afforded at SMC and how much I have grown. It was such a great feeling of closure, knowing that college had the effect I could only dream of when I started.

Cheers to the summer and to the Saint Michael's College Class of 2014!