MY GRADUATION EXPERIENCE

Lynne McClelland shares her graduation experience

On the run up to graduation I was feeling very excited but also a little nervous as I did not know what to expect on the day. I was excited because I was looking forward to celebrating my achievements and all of the hard work that I put in over the last 2 years to gain my HND.

On the day of my graduation, my mum and my 7 year old son came along to watch and support me and we got there nice and early so that there was plenty of time to get ready for the ceremony. The college staff were very helpful on the day and directed me to the right places so that I could collect my gown and have my photograph taken. Putting on the gown was no problem, however securing the gown in place was a bit of a fuss! Luckily though, I had been tipped off to bring along some safety pins which enabled me to secure the gown in place.

There was a pipe band that came into the hall to kick off the beginning of the graduation ceremony which was really nice to see. Following that, the Principal of the College gave a lovely welcome and speech to everyone and it made me feel quite emotional. Going up onto the stage to collect my graduation scroll was not as scary as I thought it would be – it made me feel really proud and I was able to give my son a little wave who was watching from the audience.

I was called up to the stage a further time as I also received an award for Most Promising Student in the Department of Business. Walking onto the stage to collect this award was emotional as it really made me feel like I had excelled myself and that I was recognised for all of my efforts. I was presented with a glass trophy and a cheque, which I was not expecting.

After the graduation ceremony I was taken to the Kelpies to have some photographs taken with the other students who received an outstanding achievement award. I then headed out to continue my celebrations with friends and family and had a lovely meal and some drinks.

My advice to anyone who will graduate in the future is to cherish the day and make the most out of it as you never know when an opportunity to celebrate your achievements will arise again. Another top tip would be to bring safety pins for your gown, trust me!

Contributed by Lynne McClelland