‘Write your name as you wish to see it on your diploma’

Yesterday I met with my academic advisor to discuss the classes I have left to take next semester. I had a good idea of the few remaining courses, but i wanted to be sure! I have heard of way too many seniors that miscalculated their remaining courses and ended up stuck in school another semester to take one more class. After all the work I have done in the past few years, I was not going to let that happen to me!

My advisor and I figured out the four classes I must take, and the three credits of an elective I can choose. We discussed my job and plans for my future. Because we agreed on the classes I am going to schedule for, my advisor told me I could schedule on DORI next month if I wanted to fill out the form for graduation right then. I agreed, letting me off the hook for trying fit another meeting with my advisor into my schedule.

She handed me the form for graduation, which was pretty simple: name as you with to see it on your diploma, degree, major, minor, permanent address. NAME as you with to see if on your DIPLOMA?! Holy crap. I got kind of nervous at that point. “Am I really ready to be done?” I thought. I even said out loud, “Wow, this is pretty exciting.” My advisor was probably thinking, “Ya, right. People graduate every semester. Big deal.” But for me, it was a big deal. I’ve been taking classes every fall, spring and summer since freshman year and I am finally seeing my hard work pay off.

I just hope, in all the excitement, I spelled my name right on the form! I’ll find out in May when I get my diploma.


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