I would not have shown up for the commencement if it was up to me. Just seemed like a hassle to show up for the ceremony in May when I already received the diploma in January. However, I did went to the commencement. When I told my father earlier this year that I was finished with university, he asked me if he can come to my graduation. Obviously, it is wrong to say no to him.

So, on an early Saturday morning, I woke up very early in the morning to get ready for the ceremonies which started at 8 am. As I was getting ready, I felt like I was doing my duty as a daughter to make my father happy. My father had asked me many times in the past when am I ever going to graduate from school. Due to my enlistment to the Army Reserve and the year-long overseas deployment to the Middle East, the journey to earn my Bachelor degree took a longer time. I started at the community college, Cypress College, in 2004, where I earned my Associate degree in 2011. Then I finally transferred to CSU Fullerton in the fall of 2012. lt also took longer because I work full-time while taking classes. I couldn’t take many units of classes per semester because the workload would be too much for me. It wasn’t a surprise that my father constantly asked me when am I going to be done with school. That journey was a long one, around twelve years.

I didn’t get really excited for the commencement until I was in the assembly area and walking the processional with the rest of my fellow graduates and candidates for the main university commencement. It was the Pomp and Circumstance music that really got to me along with the infectious happy atmosphere. It finally hit me that I deserved to be part of the commencement. It wasn’t just for my father, but also for me to finally celebrate that I made it through the journey to get that Bachelor degree. I finally did it!

The day of the commencement was a nice weather day. It wasn’t very hot which was good since the ceremonies were held outdoors. There were two ceremonies for the commencement. The first is the main university commencement and the second is for the different colleges/departments ceremonies. Even though the weather was especially nice, I was sweating a lot underneath the black polyester gown. The heat was trapped inside the gown. My college ceremony was also held outdoors in the same location as the main one. Some of the other colleges ceremonies were lucky enough to be held indoors. Thank goodness that there were cool breezes. Southern California sun can be too bright sometimes.

It’s cheesy, but it was nice to hear my name being called in recognition of my concentration in Business Economics. What made it extra nice is the name reader is Chinese and she pronounced my given Chinese name perfectly. Recognizing the hard work and achievement is the main point of commencement and it felt really awesome to be recognized. I am very glad that I went and my father was there. He was happy and I was happy. That was all I need.

Go Class of 2016! 


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