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Mr.ncot and I had a lovely meal in the hotel the night before graduation and had one of those conversations about our future that you just can't plan :-) Graduation day itself was warm and sunny. The department meal was nice. I didn't know any of the graduating students, but had a good chat with my supervisor. Afterwards we had a department photo taken on the steps outside the tower block.
The ceremony itself was long and we got to graduate about a third of the way through. Our department had lots of international students, particularly from Hong Kong and Singapore, and it was really excellent to see how excited they were to be graduating at Leicester! I also met my Head of Department, who was also my second marker, and as I introduced myself (I know him vaguely) he just started raving about my research and how exceptionally good it was, how he hoped I'd consider doing more study and that the external examiner had singled my thesis out for a special mention! That was the icing on the cake....
After the ceremony, my sister drove us to Derby, and we got to admire Chris and Jenn's new house. In their dining room there were balloons and a congratulations sign. I, slightly slow off the uptake, said "oh, was that from a moving-in party?". Chris just looked at me witheringly and said "No, they're for you!!" I genuinely hadn't expected that! We had bubbly and pizza to celebrate, the end of a perfect day :-)
This week I also got the bound hardback copy of my research - black leather cover and gold title - and I looks like a real book :-) It now has pride of place on my bookshelf.... (you can see it on the middle row of the photo mosaic!)
This is the last entry on my masters' journey. Thank you again to everyone here who supported me. I am so glad this part of my life is over and yet I'm looking forward to writing a research paper with my supervisor and getting it published. And I am seriously going to consider the taught part time doctorate in social sciences. Watch this space :-)