These last five months have been very difficult. I have been hard on myself since my defense December 7, 2010. All this time I didnt even have that piece of paper and honestly thought it made no difference.
Now I think it does make a difference. I have not been a big convocation-attender in my life. I skipped my bachelors and masters convocation ceremonies.
But now my parents are coming all the way from Oklahoma (Mom) and BC (Dad) to see little-old-me don the cap and gown. I am pretty excited about it, and I think it will help to get this validation from them and from the university.
I am not trying to offer advice. This is a personal statement and reflection upon choices I have made in my life and the weight I have assigned to what I have in the past percieved as formalities.
Formalities mean more now. I am going to enjoy convocation day (May 30 for me) and the fact that I get to do a spring convocation on the beautiful Montreal McGill campus and that my parents and my fiance get to join me.
I have shamelessly stolen a picture from the McGill website to promote this post. It is an exciting time and if you are convocating or know someone who is, I hope you enjoy the special event. It is one of those things that only happens once in a lifetime.