June 15, 2010 - 12:30 PM
As last week came to a close, I realized it was my last week in here at the University of Oregon as an undergraduate student. The week started very hectic with three finals on Monday and one on Tuesday, but quickly my focus changed from books and studying to celebration and relaxation. It was nice to be able to have a long break between my finals and graduation to be able to hang out with my friends who I won't see for a while and to prepare for graduation.
On Sunday, my family hosted a graduation party for me. My mom, who is an amazing hostess, worked hard in the kitchen all weekend making homemade shredded beef sandwiches, salads, fruit trays, and peanut butter bars while my dad worked hard outside to make sure the yard looked good. We had so many friends and family come to our house, and it was great to see everyone and to know I have their support. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it!
Graduation was yesterday, and the day couldn't have gone any better. My entire family was in town, as well as my grandparents, my Aunt Mary and cousin Holly, and my Aunt Vicki and Uncle Dave. I had such an amazing support system and was glad everyone was able to come down to help me celebrate my big day. The business school graduation was at noon and was in Mac Court. As Dean Howard, the Dean of the Lundquist College of Business, began his address to us, he noted this could be one of the last big events to be held in Mac Court (since the fate of Mac Court is yet to be decided once Matt Court opens next year). For me, it was very special location to graduate. As a freshman, my first official ceremony as a duck was Convocation, which was also held at Mac Court. I started and ended my college career in the same building-a building with such a rich history and great duck spirit.
This entire year, it has seen so surreal that I am graduating. But as soon as I walked across that stage, said my name and major and blew a kiss to my family, I realized I am finally done with college! Dean Howard gave me my diploma, and suddenly all my hard work here was officially at an end.
After the graduation ceremony, I headed with my family to Lillis for a reception and to mingle with the other graduates. It was a great way to say goodbye to Lillis and the school I spent so much time in over the last four years. As my family mingled, I was able to say my goodbyes to some of my peers, professors, and the academic advisors I have spent so much time with. I think it goes without saying that the biggest thing I will miss about Oregon is the people!
As I said before, graduation couldn't have gone smoother or better! I am so lucky to have the support of my amazing family and friends!