Whilst all of the current students were either vacated from college or hidden away in their second year houses, the large marquee was erected on Palace Green to mark the start of Graduation Week. The city centre was packed with the masses of graduates surrounded by family, friends and distant relatives who wanted to experience a ceremony in the Cathedral.
I was lucky enough to graduate in the first graduation ceremony so the stressful build-up of the debate of whether to wear heels or not was not extensive. With a pleasant 9am start for my 11am congregation I was happy to amble up to Palace Green to pick up my fluffy hood and gown. You do have to feel for everyone that had to be up at 5:30am for their 9am congregation.
I would go through the procedure but I am sure basically everyone knows it, in the name of tradition I doubt it has changed. My ceremony, though, was described as uninspiring. It was a great hour and a half in the Cathedral but no one went for a fist bump, hug or high five. Later in the week there were rumours of an attempted selfie which was stopped aggressively with all members of the academic procession jumping on the student. But that may have been exaggerated.
All in all, it was a lovely day where I was surrounded by family and friends. Everyone who graduated with me and all the graduates all week seemed to share the same feeling: “we did it.” So this post has to be congratulations to all 2015 graduates but also all Butler Graduates wherever you are now. I hope you look back on your graduation day as fondly as I look back at last week.