December 20, 2006


In the past year, I've experienced a sampling of human emotion. I've given indications of pain, but also of happiness. I want to share one great moment of happiness in my life. I graduated on Monday evening in Cecilian Hall at Seton Hill University. I now have my degree--and some photos. And because I look like a rabid chihuahua in most of the snapshots, I have limited the photo selection. Please enjoy, despite the too-happy grin--and disregard the foaming mouth. haha

I don't think I was thinking that day. I watched television, got dressed and then went to graduate. In the car, I kept thinking about all of the news stories I'd read about would-be graduates getting killed on the road to commencement. Can journalists get poetic justice? :-) I hoped not.

There's a live feeling about graduating, folks, and a dead element, too. It's like you spend all of those months working, working, working--you feel dead--and then it all stops one weekend, and you're left watching Christmas films in your pajamas. You're alive with doing and being, but the moment escapes you because you have no more tears to give.

I think by March or April, I'll really understand and appreciate everything that happened in the past few months. I'll celebrate with the smiling woman in these photos, and I'll see that she is really me, and she really survived--everything. That's a heartening thought that I'll keep close to my heart.

grad2.JPGThe headshot my mom will most likely give to the newspapers.

grad1.JPGDr. Jerz, my trusty advisor, and I. He published a little reflection on my note concerning the Setonian keys.

grad3.JPGKarissa and I--I think I am going to the 2007 graduation in my cap and gown to get pics with my friends. We'll see...

I love ma grande famille.

The $80,000 sheet of parchment. Worth every dime, eh? :-D

On my way-photo by Anne Stadler from Facebook

Posted by Amanda Cochran at December 20, 2006 3:29 PM | TrackBack

Congrats! Merry Christmas! :)

Posted by: mike d. at December 20, 2006 10:24 PM

Hooray! I need to have those pictures of us, dear :) Do email, s'il vous plait.

Posted by: Karissa at December 20, 2006 11:15 PM

The big smile that appears automatically on Amanda's face during graduation ceremonies: Diploma-tic?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at December 21, 2006 8:04 AM

Sorry I couldn't make it, but congratulations! Time to relax until... grad school. I'll be spending J-Term finishing a paper and doing internship search/grad school search. Hope to see you around the blogosphere.

Posted by: Evan at December 21, 2006 2:04 PM

Congratulations, Amanda! You're so deserving of all the good things that come your way. We'll miss you, but we'll never forget you.

Good luck and all the best.

Posted by: Stormy at December 21, 2006 3:21 PM

Love that last photo -- particularly the way the heads of our registrar, president, and academic dean are sprouting from the tops of the mortarboards, like they're little bobblehead figures.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at December 21, 2006 5:22 PM
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