Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Masters Graduation!

Parkinson Building, where we picked up tickets and gowns

Me in front of the Parkinson Christmas tree

Richard and me with the roses from Kelly

Ximena and me by the Christmas tree

Richard and me outside the Great Hall, where the ceremony was held

Ximena and me in the queue

Ximena, Antigoni and me outside the Great Hall

Just about to go in! The program refers to you as a "graduand" before the ceremony and as a "graduate" after--so this is my last shot as a graduand!

Procession at the end of the ceremony

Antigoni, Ximena and me in the procession

Me, Ruoyi and Sarah after the ceremony

On the way over to the reception at Houldsworth

A few group shots on the Parkinson steps--so many cameras, nobody knows where to look!

The graduation ceremony was great! It was much smaller and more formal than my UW one, but considering that was held in Husky Stadium and Quincy Jones was the keynote speaker, that's not surprising! There was very church-like organ music, and the Vice-Chancellor spoke briefly about how he expects great things from us, etc. They called out everyone's name and we got our actual diplomas there at the ceremony, so that was nice--much more personal than my UW one, where even MA's didn't get their names called. Holding it in the Great Hall keeps it small--maybe 300 graduands and 600 guests. Quite a lot of my friends were there, so that was fun. We went to the reception afterwards and had lunch, then met up with Antigoni for a coffee at Opposite for old times' sake. In the evening I went to the Terrace (another old favorite) with a big group--it was so great to catch up with everybody & celebrate again!

Monday, December 14, 2009


This is a video Richard took of my moment on stage--I'll edit & put up photos tomorrow!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

24th Birthday!

Richard and me at Golden Acre Park--we actually had some sun!

Posing with my apple cake

Blowing out the candles

Leeds Grand Theatre, where we saw a ballet version of A Christmas Carol

Birthday dress from Mom, with necklace & earrings from Richard

Roses from Richard :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Early december update

Lovely huge holly archway at Meanwood Park

Me in my new shirt--this is one of the birthday presents you got me, Mom!

Another entrance to Christkindlmarkt

A few shots around Leeds City Markets--I went there to look at the kittens at the Pet Market stall :) They're so ridiculously cute!

This stand's probably selling a lot more tea than ice cream--it's cold outside!