So I graduated on Tuesday. This day has been a long day coming - I originally did a HND in Media Production several years ago and started a top-up year to turn it into a degree, but had to come off it due to depression. In September and with a five month old baby in tow, I returned to university to finally complete the top up year and my degree.
I am now the proud owner of a BSc Professional Broadcast Techniques degree. Next year I am hoping to do a Masters in Children's Television, but this depends on getting Bobby settled back into child care. We will see how it goes, there is no rush. It was a great day spent with friends, and we had the honour of sharing the stage with comedian, Peter Kay as he was awarded and honorary doctorate by the University for his services to the entertainment industry. He didn't miss a beat during the presentation and his speech, and (like myself) I am sure that everyone in the room who was nervous about going up on the stage was put at ease by his humour.
Graduation is a strange thing. It is exciting as we move forward towards our careers or further study, and a new path of our lives begins. But it is also very sad as it is unlikely that the class will ever be together again in it's entirety. However the day was positive and a beautiful one with the sun beating down the entire time - although we were all melting in our gowns with it being 31 degrees. I am sure that it will look lovely on the photo's as many people posed for snaps in front of MediaCity with the sin twinkling off the ship canal behind them. You will be pleased to know that we resisted all jumping in once we had our certificates. Everyone rounded off the day with celebrations with friends and family. Myself and Mike went for a meal whilst Bobby was looked after by his aunty. I was disappointed that Bobby wasn't there, as this was a very important day for me, but he is too young at the moment - so I am hoping he can come to my Masters graduation - it will mean the world to have him there.
So as we all consider our futures and move on to the next stage of our lives, I am sure that we will all look back on our days at Salford very fondly (even if mine were a little extended.) I want to wish all of my fellow University of Salford graduates the best of luck for the future and remember that life is short, do what you love and have a blast.