I wasn’t going to let the rain ruin my parade on graduate commencement day. Yesterday I officially got my master’s degree in communication although I finished the program in December. The program was 100% online, so I didn’t really “meet” any of my classmates, but I still wanted to walk anyway. I thought since the program was online, it would make getting my master’s degree seem more official.
In case you’re just joining us, I completed my Master of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations in December 2017. I took two classes every 11 weeks for 15 months. So I started in the fall of 2016, had a winter break, and then was taking classes and writing papers from January 2017 to December 2017. It kicked my butt, but I worked my butt off to get it done. I’d work during the day and come home to do homework, and I’d bring work with me on the weekends to my ice cream job.
My parents, uncle, and godmother—who’s also a long time family friend—attended, and they did for my undergrad graduation, too, and at least graduate commencement is shorter since there aren’t as many graduates. There were about 350 students, and most were either lawyers or doctors of pharmacy—both are big at WNE.
So as they were going along in the ceremony, I realized that I was going to be the very last graduate. 350 out of 350. Just my luck. My mom said I should have drawn it out as much as I could have, but I was too nervous walking across the stage and didn’t want to fall.
As soon as I sat down, the alumni association welcomed us, they said commencement was over, and the strobe lights came on along with “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts. It got lit, as the kids say.
It was rainy as everyone was leaving, so since I was last in line walking out, I waited with my parents and we took pictures inside the field house in front of the new bleachers.
After we left, we quickly came home, changed, fed the pets, and went to the Longhorn Steakhouse for dinner and had dessert back at my house.
Perks of working at an ice cream shop. I made it two weekends ago during a slow shift.
So it feels weird to be officially done and have my actual degree. If I could, I’d stay in school forever. Maybe after I make the next step in my career I’ll see what other master’s degree options there are. Or maybe my doctorate. It would be cool to become a Dr. but I know it’s a lot of work. So we’ll see. But I’m proud of myself for working my butt off and finishing my degree in 15 months while working two jobs.