I Graduated!!!

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I graduated!  From college. A real college that gives a real degree.  It only took 12 years…

Sign outside AL TheaterSaturday was the inaugural University of Phoenix-Birmingham commencement ceremony, held at the historic Alabama Theater.  I joined quite a few other graduates in the time-honored tradition of attempting to walk across a stage, shake a strange man’s hand, receive a sheet of paper, and turn my tassel from left to right, all to symbolize the fact that I have hopefully learned something in the past couple of years.

No matter, I was exceedingly giddy; it was my day!

Babydoll helped me get ready, and I was chauffeured to the theater by an extremely handsome man.

Babydoll and I before graduationI had to leave Vince and Babydoll outside and head into the graduate holding area.

After getting into my cap and gown and filling out paperwork, I realized that I was uber hungry and there was no way I was making it through the ceremony without a serious bout of low blood sugar.  Vince and Babydoll came to the rescue with a bag of chips and some water, and I was good to go.  Good thing, too; we had to wait almost two hours before we could walk into the theater.

Vince and I before graduationI entered the theater to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance, and immediately felt excited, proud, and anxious.  And a little like I wanted to cry.

I sat through a few speeches, one by Simon T. Bailey, which was pretty decent.  The doctoral, masters, and bachelors candidates walked, and then it was my turn.  I walked across the stage.  We turned our tassels.  I was a college graduate.

Babydoll and I after graduationIt was such an amazing feeling.  I’ll admit, I don’t really feel that different, but at that moment I felt special, happy, and proud.

We went to the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate, and then Vince took us to Anthropologie.  While I still don’t quite get the concept of that store, I did score three ultra-cool books.

The day was awesome, and I’m so glad I was able to share it with some of the most special people in my life.

 

Vince and I after graduation

Babydoll and I after graduation