Ner (djner) wrote,

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a graduation summary and a peaceful coexistence

I’ve been coexisting peacefully and with few events since I graduated on Saturday. I’ll write about that in a bit.

I’ve enjoyed having nothing to do but I worry that if I don’t start doing something “exciting” and “mind-bending” soon, I”ll risk being bored and that’s no fun at all. My Grandma came for my graduation and to hang out some place new for a while, and I’ve enjoyed having with her rather than sitting on the computer all the time. That’s the main reason why I haven’t written any sooner than I have. She’s gotten me back into watching Jeopardy, and that’s cool, especially when Ken Jennings isn’t playing and winning hands-down. Games in the current tournament have been close and fun to watch, and it should be tough competition for when Jennings plays the two winners next week.

I planned unsilenceddream's trip here. She's coming on the 1st of the month and it'll be great to see her again. She's coming for ten days, and though some people think that she's coming for too long, I don't think it'll be *that* long, and I doubt we'll annoy each other *too* much.

Graduation went quite well onSaturday. The fam came down about 11 or so and we got all ready to go down to the short lunch the chem engineering department was holding. It was Olive Garden and it was good. Usually it is barbecue, so this was a pleasant surprise. My Mom got me some dress shoes that were (a) huge on me, and (b) way too expensive, so we took those back after lunch and for the price of that one pair of shoes, got me a whole new outfit (dress slacks, shoes, shirt, and belt). I was totally happy with just wearing what I had, tennis shoes, but the women wanted me to, so I did. What choice did I have :). I was happy though once I got it all on and we actually got to the arena. The place was packed and the engineering grads were slightly disorganized. I think there must be a law that says that all graduations and any big event MUST be disorganized.

The commencement speaker was pretty good. I was surprised that they were able to get Rodney Slater, former transportation secretary, for our graduation. I guess with 500 or so people graduating, they thought it would be a good idea to splurge and go for good.

I thought that I would just walk across the stage like everyone else, but I figured wrong. I guess I should have guessed, I’ve never done anything the way everyone else does things. I did walk across the stage, but not after being first introduced by our department head, and then given a full-length tribute to my accomplishments as “blind since birth chemical engineer, any place any time.” I was overwhelmed since no one told me that this was going to happen. Apparently, they’d planned this for a while, and that many people were involved in the whold deal, but I wasn’t the many. The only way to deal with things as this is to take it and stride, so when he finished, I walked across the stage to a standing ovation. I even got to shake Rodney Slater’s hand, and I was apparently the only one to do so. My advisor, Col. Myers, helped me through the ceremony and as I came back, he couldn’t resist taking me the route that took me right by my favorite professor Dr. Jong. I was the only fortunate Chemical Engineer to shake his hand. Search for his name in my journal and you’ll understand how priceless this actually was. He wished me congratulations. I smiled, said “thanks”, thought many more things in that short half a second, and walked on. I told my fellow grads that I squeezed his hand extra hard for everyone who took statics with him.

I usually don’t like being admonished for what I do. I am who I am. I’ve done what I’ve done. I was somewhat proud and honored that others gave me the ovation, and congratulated me so much. I don’t think I deserve it, but I definitely appreciate it, and the whole day will be a day I won't ever forget.

And that’s about all from here. We’re going to [Bad username: sunnyblue]’s wedding this weekend, and that should be fun. I can’t wait to meet all of her fam that I’ve heard so much about. More soon when I can think of what to write.

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