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Graduation 2021: A Reflection

11 NOVEMBER 2021 - ROSE - STUDENT LIFE

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It’s hard to believe that after years of hard work and months of anticipation Graduation has been and gone! Graduation is a magical moment celebrating the fruits of your labours and is even more special considering you are leading up to it for your entire time studying – so it can feel a little bit daunting when the moment actually arrives!

My Graduation Ceremony took place the morning of 20th October – a day that was originally forecast as stormy causing many anxieties pre-event. Fortunately it turned out to be a beautiful sunny autumn day with a fair bit of wind thrown into the mix.

Arriving at the Waterfront and getting ‘gowned up’ was a true pinch me moment - suddenly the day felt very real.

The ceremony itself was truly the best way to encapsulate our time studying at Suffolk; being reunited with my friends was a real highlight of the day – particularly considering I hadn’t seen many of them in almost a year. Walking across the stage is one of the scariest and rewarding moments of the day; listening to the cheers of your tutors and family is a wonderful feeling but I was also pre-occupied with making sure I didn’t trip up in my heels!

Starting something new, whether you are working or continuing your studies, can feel intimidating so reflecting on what you’ve achieved is a really important way to remember how far you’ve come and that you are able to achieve great things. I know the Graduation ceremony captured this feeling for myself and many of my fellow graduates.

I want to thank the Graduation team at the University for putting together such a brilliant event for the Class of 2021, my day was truly magical and I am so grateful that we were able to celebrate together after a difficult final year.

- Rose (pictured in the midle of the photo)

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