Friday night was the convocation ceremony for the graduates in the schools of LAS, Liberal Arts & Sciences.
We all got a medal from the school to wear during the ceremony.
Advertising was the first school into Hilton Coliseum, so I was one of the first ones in.
And since we were first onto the floor, we were also the first up.
The woman on the end in black, one of the people reading our names, was actually one of my favorite teachers from 4 years ago when I first started at Iowa State! Her name is Jane Cox, and she taught my History of Theater class, before I switched majors, when I was still going for the design degree. I actually even wrote a whole blog post about her, which you can find HERE. I'm sure she didn't recognize me, I was in a class of probably hundreds, but I recognized her immediately, and it was nice to see her again.
Afterwards we tried to get some pictures.
But the lighting was not very good, so this is the best we have. :)
That was convocation. The big one was the next day. To begin, every school went to a different location to line up. We were supposed to be there by 12, and the ceremony didn't start until 1:30, so there was a lot of sitting around.
My location was the Cyclone training arena.
I rarely take selfies but I did that day.
I took a picture as we walked out on the field of Jack Trice stadium. You can see just a fraction of the people graduating here. The ceremony was huge. I think there was almost 5000 people graduating here. Little did I know, I got my cousins Shaina and Sasha in this picture, as well as Rachel.
She texted me until I saw them. :p
She also got a picture of my family all the way on the other side of the stadium.
And Dad got a picture of them. :p
He also took a picture of Jackson. :)
Here's a game for you.
It's similar to Where's Waldo, but you're trying to find me. :p
Does this help?
I am there, but good luck finding me.
This was the picture published on the school newspaper's website the next day.
That's a lot of people.
Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing, and Iowa State Alumni, gave the commencement speech.
LAS was the second school to go, so I was up rather quickly, in comparison to the whole ceremony.
We all went through a photo tent to get our picture taken by a professional photographer before we went across the stage, but they didn't tell us what the tent was beforehand. My dark sense of humor imagined something nefarious going on in there. In particular I was thinking of a scene from an episode of Doctor Who were people were lined up to enter a building in order to be "upgraded" into a Cyberman. Yes, it would not have been very funny if it had been true, but I have a weird sense of humor. :p
No one got a very good picture of me actually getting the diploma (cover) but Rachel did get a great picture of me on the giant screen over the field.
The rest of the ceremony lasted until after 5, and by the end pretty much everyone had left. I didn't want to be one of THOSE people, I didn't want to seem rude and leave just because it was more convenient, so I stayed.
I suppose I should have just left; in the end, staying got me nothing but a sunburn. :p
But a girl gave me a streamer wand to shoot confetti, so I guess that was one good thing. :p
Afterwards I took another selfie while I waited for my family.
And then we went back to grandma's for a reception.
And Rachel insisted I pose for pictures with people. :)
Shaina and Alex
Joel and Jared
Mom and Dad
That night, after everyone had left, I found this attached to my car.
Not sure who left it there, or why I didn't notice it earlier.
Mom thought it was Joel, but I never heard for sure. :p
And that was the day! I am glad that Rachel and Dad (and Sasha with my phone) were there to get pictures, because only like 5 of these were mine. There were of course official photographers there, and I should be getting a copy of those pictures, but I don't know when those will be coming. I'll probably do another post whenever I get those pictures.
As I said before, I won't have OFFICIALLY graduated until I've done an internship, and I am currently working toward that. I'm spending my first few weeks of summer building a portfolio/website. I'm making mostly a lot of new art and taking a lot of new photos for the site. I'll probably share some of the new stuff as I create it, and I'll of course share the website when it's finished. Stay tuned!