On January 23rd I graduated with an MSc in Advanced Computer Science from The University of York. It was a nice occasion to get together and be merry with the family, and of course for some photos in my cap and gown — this time they were grey and blue.
My parents took my degree home with them and hung it up next to my undergraduate degree and departmental award. I think they look nice together.
On the 14th of July 2014 my degree was officially conferred to me at a graduation ceremony at Hull City Hall.
The day started off with a lunch inside the computer science department at the university, which was a nice opportunity for my parents and siblings to see the labs in which I’ve done a lot of my work over the past three years.
Whilst we were at the lunch I was called up in front of the other students, and their families, to receive the departmental award. The award means that my name will be shown on a golden plaque inside the social area of the department and I will receive £100 from the university. It will be quite cool to have a plaque inside the department, especially as I recognize a lot of the names on the board already as being our current lecturers — my name will be in good company. I received the award for having the highest overall grade of a graduating student — at 86.05%.
After lunch my family and I made made our way to the Guildhall in Hull City Centre where I picked up my cap and gown.
We then made our way to the City Hall where the actual graduation took place. Rob Miles, one of my lecturers from the first two years of my degree, explained how the process of graduating worked. We simply had to walk across a stage after our names had been called and nod at the Chancellor of the University. Behind us were some of the lecturers from Computer Science, Maths & Physics and The Hull York Medical School — all of the departments who had people graduating that day.
Once the graduation had taken place inside we went outside for the traditional slate throwing with the town crier. He was rather funny.
Once all of the pomp and ceremony was over my family and I went for dinner and then the drinks started flowing with my brother and university friends out in a few pubs in old town, and then the Piper Club on Newland Avenue.
The day after my graduation was my birthday, so its been a truly brilliant few days. Thanks to everyone involved, you know who you are!