The Class of 2006
Went in 2 cars because I had to be there early to collect robes etc, so mom, dad and tom got to the Grand Theatre at 10am, and Richard was kind enough to come with me at 8.45am (I was late). I must say he was looking fitty fine considering he was ill.
Robes are a bitch. They are heavy, and they slide back, which is why my robes look dodgy in every picture! The actual ceremony was really cool. I was expecting for it to last about 3hours, and for it to be very boring but I really enjoyed it. It started off with a procession of erm, chancellors and tutors etc, it felt very edwardian! It also felt very Hogwarts, everybody walking around in different coloured robes! Jonathan Coe the writer, and Benjamin Zefaniah (sp?) were given honorary doctrines/degrees type thing. Benjamin's speech was really ace. He is a rastafarian poet, and is good friends with Nelson Mandella! Anyway, he was a funny guy and that put me at ease. Before that started though, I was seated for like 45minutes. They gave me a graduation booklet, and after finally finding my name, it had two stars by it (** lol). And I looked it up, and it meant I had been awarded the Film Studies school subject prize for the highest overall achievement over the course! I didn't even know, and I was thinking, 'shit, do I have to go up twice?' It was nerve wracking enough, because if you get a first you have to go up on your own, whereas if you get a 2:1, 2:2 or a 3rd, you go up in twos or threes. So after the shock of that, I was trying to work the order out with the woman next to me who was hard of hearing. She had the sign language interpretor person on the stage for the ceremony. It turned out to be alphabetical, with about 40 people's names in between us in the booklet - obviously not everybody wants to go to the ceremony!
So my name was called, and I kind of stopped at the bottom of the stairs cus he had to read out my name, degree, and prize. But it was fine, I didn't know where Mom, Dad, Tom and Richard were sitting, so as I walked up the stairs on the stage, I looked up to the 2nd and 3rd tiers, only to remember later they were on the same level as me! What a tard. They took photos of you shaking the hand of the vice chancellor - and when we went to collect and buy it later, I was the only person who wasn't smiling. I was about to say something - so I have an elongated chin, and you can even see where the end of my nose is bent, talking like it does!! GUTTED!
So after the ceremony, I thanked the film tutors who were there, and after talking to some people, we headed back to campus and took photos (see below this blog). Poor Richard had become bag carrier at this point bless him. Mom was trying to sort out my disastrous robes, something was very wrong with them as you can see. We went to queue up for the photo (long queue), and we had a family photo, which is really nice. Not so keen on the photo of me (not the witch one, the 2nd one)...
Me and Rich then returned my robes while mom dad and tom headed for the carpark. We met up with them, and went for a drink at Penn Cottage. I've always wanted to go there, so it seemed like as good a time as any. After that, headed home. I went to work then because it was meant to be a drink/speech type thing to celebrate the new store and all the hard work everyone has done. But I turned up at 4pm, and ppl were having to stay til 8pm cus it wasn't finished lol. So Adrian, the manager gave me a tenner, and 2 other ppl went to Spoons for a drink. Apparently they'd all gone to Pizza Hut for lunch, and cus we missed out... Ppl kept turning up and going to the store to pinch a tenner lol. Left at 5.40pm, had tea, and then went to the Wolves v Derby game with Mom, Dad and Tom. Wolves lost one nil. And we were sat in the middle of these swearing men. Honestly, if I hear the words "F***ing W***ers" again it will be too soon! After the match we headed to my mom and dad's friends pub in Gornal. I was so shattered by this point it hurt, but still.
So to sum up, I was dreading the day, but it actually turned out surprisingly good! I had a really, really great day. And if you're wondering what the prize was, it was £50 of Waterstones vouchers (I feel bad for receiving goods from the rival of Smiths, but also good lol).
The Graduate xxx