Nov 7, 2011

The Graduate!

No, not the movie... silly people... Moi! I graduated on Saturday with a BSBA, majors in accounting and finance, minor in business management. It's been a long, stressful road, but I did it! I graduated Suma Cum Laude (Highest Honors, 3.9GPA) and made the Dean's List. Thank you all for reading about my trials and tribulations, rants and complaints. The comments ya'll have left me raised my spirits on more than one occassion, so THANK YOU from my heart.

Here's my graduation self-portrait. Yes, I actually took this myself! Don't I look "smart"?!

As commencement day arrived, I wasn't as excited as I thought I would be. It wasn't until we lined up to walk into commencement ceremonies did I get emotional. A little girl came up to the graduate behind me and said to her, "You look SO beautiful!" and gave her a hug. I expressed to the grad how sweet it was. She explained the girl was her niece, and that she had told herself she wasn't going to cry. The grad, that is. I teared up a little at that point.

This was one of our speakers. He has a PhD in history and teaches at one of the other campuses. He spoke really well and it was his words that made me tear up again. Amongst other things, he talked about how the grads spent hours after their work day studying, and while family/friends enjoyed their weekends... grads spent their time doing homework. Everything he said was everything I'd been through over the past 2 years. I've missed out on more than a few things due to having to study or take exams.

Here I am being conferred my diploma.

After graduation, I invited my parents and the BF to my house for food. The BF gave me these beautiful flowers that he had the florist create especially for me. Aren't they beautiful?!

Not to be outdone, my Dad picked a petunia from one of my containers and gave it to me. LOL You'd have to know my Dad... That's his sense of humor!

86 comments:

Lisa Dunn said...

Congratulations! I also understand what you went through, as I went back to school when my daughter was 6 to finish my undergrad degree in accounting, and then I went on to get my masters so I could become a cpa. It definitely takes a lot of persistence and dedication to work, take care of a family, and finish school!

Way to go! :o)

Sue said...

Oh Meari, not only smart, but beautiful! I have ordered you a little something from Ebay. It may take some time for me to get it, but I will send it on as soon as I have it in my hot little hands!! LOL

I plan to go back to stitching LK today after a little reprieve. sinus are a mess and I have coughed until I feel like my ribs will crack. LOL..........its that time of year!!! Your flowers were lovely from the BF, and I can relate to 'Dad'.....mine would have done the same! lol

Hugs,
Sue

Pam said...

Congratulations to Meari.. I'm really happy for you.

Claudette497 said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! I know it's been stressful for you, and I hope you really enjoy the free time you have coming!

Vicky L said...

WHOO-HOO! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you. Good luck to you on your next part of your journey's life.

Sadie said...

Congratulations Meari! You have worked so hard, well done! x

Kelly said...

Congratulations! You do look beautiful in your picture. Best wishes on whatever you choose to do next.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! What a wonderful and well earned accomplishment!!!

Alicia

Berly said...

Congratulations, Meari! I am so proud of you! It's been a long, hard road but you made it!

Lee said...

Congrats Meari! What an amazing thing you've accomplished!

Valda said...

Congratulations Meari! I know you worked hard to achieve that degree! Your flowers are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATION Meari

That is great. You have made so hard work, Im really proud about you,

Tinna

Anne said...

Congratulations Meari!! You must be pretty proud to have accomplished your goals!! Those flowers are lovely...what a good bf!!

Your self portrait is darling!!

Pam said...

Yea Meari! Congrats on your GPA--I know that hard to do and miss out on so much. It will be worth it in the long run.
Purple Garden is looking good. Have a GREAT week! =)Pam

Shari said...

congrats Meari...job well done..
now, what will you do with all your free time?!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS Meari!!!!!! You look both beautiful and SMART!!!!!

Nan

Carissa said...

Congrats to you Meari!

Sunshine said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love the Self Portrait....
Yes, You look Very SMART!!!!

Jennifer's life and goings on said...

Congrats Meari!

Anonymous said...

Huge Congrats Meari! Well done!
Christine

Annette said...

Huge Congratulations!!! I finished my undergrad and MBA while working, so I can certainly appreciate the monumentous accomplishment this is :)

What are you going to do with all your extra time now?? LOL

Carol R said...

Congratulations Meari and how beautiful you look!
[[[Hugs]]]

Cindy said...

Congratulations Meari.....what a wonderful, long and hard accomplishment! You have done an awesome job!

Nancy said...

Congratulations Meari!! It has been a long long road but I knew you have that determination to get it done. You have the diploma and now just a few more class assignments to finish and you can take that well deserved break! Can't wait to see what you do now! The flowers are beautiful. And my dad would have asked where I got the weeds. Hahaha

Sari said...

Congratulations! That's really great!

Denise SA said...

Congratulations

Anonymous said...

Congrats on finishing school. You did a great job.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS!!! WELL DONE!!

Diana

EvalinaMaria said...

Congratulations Meari!!! Well deserved honors.

Jennifer Wright said...

Congrats on your graduation!!! I am so happy for you!!

Ranae said...

What a great accomplishment, Meari
Congratulations!!!!

Emily in NC said...

YEAH for Meari!!!!

Kay said...

Congrats Meari! You have come a long way!!!

Irene said...

Congratulations Meari!

Kay said...

Congratulations on your graduation, well done!
I think you look wonderful & wish you all the best for the future.

Shelleen said...

Congrats Meari!!!!

angel parker said...

Congratulations! I know what a tough thing it is that you did. I didn't start college until almost 30 and had two daughters that were six and four at the time. It was tough and took me five years to get my bachelor's degree. But I did it. I know for you working and college was a difficult juggle but YOU did it! You are amazing!

Vicky said...

congratulations!!!

Daffycat said...

HUGE congratulations, Meari! You ROCK!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Meari. Bet you feel like a load has been taken off your shoulders.

Cindy in MA

Carol said...

Congratulations Meari!

helenapastafina said...

Congrats to the grad! That is a GREAT accomplishment.......you should bevery proud of yourself!

Anonymous said...

YAY MEARI!! Congratulations! Now you just have to finish that last class....

Karin in CA

Joy said...

Congratulations Meari!!! I know the relief of it all being over and the pride you feel. Many blessing to you!!!

OctoberLace said...

Congrats, Meari! Next is your Masters, CPA, and then PhD! Theresa

Lesleyanne said...

Congrats Meari. Your photo is lovely as are your flowers.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Congratulations Meari!

You definitely deserve it for all your hard work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Meari, on your great accomplishment! Thanks for sharing and for the photos.

Tobie in So. Cal.

Carol said...

I'm so proud of you, Meari--and Summa Cum Laude no less!!! Amazing--all your hard work has paid off...

Think you can add "professional photographer" to your list of skills--that is a great self-portrait!

Good luck with the job hunt--something will surely turn up for such a talented grad :)

Carolyn NC said...

Awesome accomplishment! Congratulations on a job well done!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Meari on your major milestone!

Tara

Nancy M said...

Congrats on the graduation...of course it will all seem real when you are finally done with classes!!LOL I think you have been going to school the whole time I have known you. It will be some well deserved free time!!! Maybe JG will see more stitching?? Sorry, you knew I had to say that!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Meari! I'm sure I can safely say that we're all so very proud of your accomplishment!

Betty W.

Patricia Cecilia said...

Congratulations! Onward and upward!

Akila said...

Wow Meari CONGRATS on your graduation!! You look absolutely great. Am sure all your hard work will pay off. All the best :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Meari. Your photo is beautiful and the flowers are lovely.

Debi M

lynda said...

Wow! Congratulations Meari! You deserve to relax now and enjoy your accomplishment! hugs!

glenda said...

Congratulations!!! I know how hard that degree is..killer when you aren't able to focus on it 100% due to "life".

Be very proud of yourself!

Debra said...

I am so proud of you and yes you do look smart. WOOT-WOOT!

Mel said...

WOOHOOOO!
I'm sooo happy for you Meari! so happy. I love that pic of you well done!

And hey love those flowers from the BF. Just lovely.
Congrats! *hugs*

Mary said...

Congrats on your graduation! I'm really happy for you. You look so happy in your pictures and deservedly so. The flowers your boyfriend gave you were really pretty too!
Hugs!!!!

Linda said...

Woooo Hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patches said...

Congrats graduate! What a huge accomplishment.

Anonymous said...

All those essays, tests, late nights, readings..OVER. ..I am so happy for you. Summa cum laude, but of course.

CONGRATULATIONS! !!! We need to have a party for you!

Lynn

Terry said...

Congrats!!! All that hard work and missing out on weekends and evenings of rest and fun times has finally paid off. Love the self portrait you did in your Grad gear. After all this, you may end up changing careers into photography. ;) You'll always have that to fall back on because your pics are always great!!!

Debbie said...

Congratulations Meari! You've worked so hard. You should be very proud of your accomplishments!!

Rachel S said...

Congratulations. You look so proud . . and you should. Best wishes!

Terri said...

Congratulations!!!

Sharon said...

Congratulations Meari on your awesome achievement! You should be very, very proud!

Linda Klinedinst said...

Your post had me get tearied too Meari...you look so beautiful in your Graduation Gown...I remember when I graduated from College and it was a very special day for me as well too cause I did it and my family didn't think that I would do it but I did it.

A Big Congratulations to you girl and I am so very proud of you for graduating with High Honors. Good for you.

Happy Stitching

Veronica said...

Congratulations, Meari! You've worked hard and definitely earned the diploma. So happy for you :)

Hugs,
Veronica.

Julie M said...

Congratulations Meari!! You look beautiful too! I know it's been a long road for you but look at what you have accomplished. You should be very proud of yourself. I wish you were finished finished with school but it won't be too long now and this part of your life will be behind you and you'll be looking ahead to life's newest challenge, whatever that might be! Beautiful flowers from the BF!

mbroider said...

Hey Meari!!

{Hugs to you} What an achievement dear. Hearty congratulations:)

Sharmila

Anne Sans Tete said...

Congratulations, Meari!!!! A 3.9 is amazing, and I'm sure you deserved it!!!

So when are you starting your Master's?? ;P

Lisa N. in Cambodia

valerie said...

Yay! Congratulations on a wonderful achievement! That's a great photo of you!

too_busy_to_stitch said...

That's wonderful news - congratulations :) I've heard that my graduation ceremony is in February, they don't do things quick round here, as I did my last exam last December lolol!

Anonymous said...

Meari,

HUGE CONGRATS on your graduation, what an accomplishment, woo hoo, you are one smart AND beautiful woman.

Coleen

Shelley said...

Woo Hoo!! Doing a major happy dance for your great accomplishment!! You look awesome in your cap and gown :)

Those flowers are beautiful. Love the story about your Dad taking a flower from your garden. Sounds like something my Dad would do too...

Julie R said...

Mega-congratulations!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and you look so nice in your cap and gown.

Marl

CalamityJr said...

Congratulations, Dear Meari! You did it the hard way, and I am very proud of your stick-to-it-ness - you did it!

Barb said...

Congratulations! You worked hard for it you should be proud of yourself.

Katrien said...

Congratulations!!

chrisstitches said...

Congrats....working, school, now graduating, stitching & blogging.....you are like my sister....busy busy bee.
chris

Alberta said...

Congratulations Graduate! Meari you look wonderful. May your future be as bright as your smile!

Elizabeth said...

I know it's a little late in the game, but I wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishments. I graduated almost a year ago with my Bachelors Degree in Accounting that was earned through a local college's online program. It was much different than the traditional classrooms I had been a part of, but I managed to make it through and am loving my accounting job (I've been in the position for 3 1/2 years). I commend you for all of the time and effort you put into attaining your goal and wish you nothing but success and true happiness in your career.