Graduation Day

After 4 years, countless all nighters, essays, exams, breakdowns, laughs, nights out and hangovers I finally graduated last week with a Law degree and a Master 1 in European Law (taught in French) – WOOO!
The University of Exeter put on such a show for their graduates – the ceremony is beautiful, not least because the Chancellor, Floella Benjamin, is incredible, and the reception afterwards is really well done. So I thought I’d share a few snaps with you from the day itself and share one of my happiest days with you.

The night before the ceremony, my parents took Andy and I to Michael Canes at the ABode for a really special meal. If you’re ever in Exeter I’d highly recommend it; I’ve been quite a few times and the food is always spectacular, though be warned – the plates are on the small side. 

Salted caramel and chocolate tart for pudding – mmmmm.

And just before we left they gave me the sweetest graduation sweet plate! It was a really lovely touch that I won’t forget.

The next morning we headed up to campus, all dressed up, and I went to find my robes. Hot. Oh so hot.

I took far too may photographs with some of the best friends I’ve ever had and just enjoyed my time before the ceremony with family and friends.

And all too soon it was time to go into the hall itself! (Yes, all I was thinking was “oh God Lauren, just don’t trip”)

Floella gave her opening remarks (would you actually believe she’s 66? Just look at that dress – she looked amazing!)

Exeter is a little special when it comes to graduation ceremonies as Floella hugs each and every graduate and gives them a special comment in their ear – a piece of life advice that’s meant to help us in the future. It really was such a touching ceremony.

You’ll be glad to know that I didn’t trip!

After the ceremony all the new graduates process out onto the piazza for a class photograph! Despite Andy being very tall, we still didn’t manage to get a clean shot where there aren’t any cameras in the way!

And as is tradition, all threw our hats in the air!

Though Mihiqua and I still wanted to do a little more hat throwing..!

The best bit about the reception is that all your friends come up and join you for some champagne and cupcakes (all unlimited and provided by the university) and celebrate with you. It was so great to see Becca after a year of not seeing her – despite the fact that we talk every single day!

It really was an extremely special day – and I couldn’t be more grateful to all my family and friends who not only made that day special, but made the whole 4 years such a great experience. I’ve met so many incredible friends, and my boyfriend, at this amazing university – and despite a lot of hard work, especially last year, I’m so glad it paid off. Exeter forever..!

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  • Catherine Lux

    Awww huge congrats Lauren!! My graduation was three years ago and I can't believe the time has gone so quickly! A very special day that you'll remember forever.

    C x | Lux Life

  • Aww … look at that face!! So well deserved – huge congratulations!!! xxx

  • Thank you, Catherine! Eeeek that must have flown past! I've just ordered all my photos – can't wait to get them into an album and around the house! xx

  • I couldn't stop smiling ALL day! I woke up the next day and had a very sore face from all the smiling! Thanks so much lovely! xxx

  • Congratulations lovely!!

  • Thanks, Emma!

  • Massive congratulations!!!!
    Rosie xx

  • Thank you, Rosie! xxx

  • Congratulations lovely, I totally loved my graduation, a chance to have all my friends from uni together and just have lots of fun. It feels great after all that work, doesn't it?

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • It's just the best feeling! I was so sad on Tuesday when it was all over! xx

  • Really well done Lauren, you must be delighted! Nice that Floella greets everyone – I don't remember us all throwing our hats in the air but I loved my graduation day

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Abi Street

    The biggest congratulations!!! I hope you had the best day ever xx

    Abi | abistreetx.blogspot.co.uk

  • Congrats on graduating Lauren – it's such a special day 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

  • Ahh I'm so happy! Isn't it sweet that she does that? xx

  • Thank you Abi! I had such a fantastic day!xx

  • Thanks lovely! It was so so special! Looking forward to seeing you soon! xxx

  • Congratulations! Love your shoes and well done on not tripping 😉 xx

  • congrats on your graduation! You looked amazing! ahh my graduation is a full 4 years away haha xx

    http://www.from18tolife.co.uk

  • Thanks, Jessi! Hahah thanks – I was pleased 😉 xx

  • Thank you so much! You'll have an amazing time – just enjoy uni! xx

  • It really was a beautiful ceremony! Ohhhh that tart was deeelish! x

  • Gorgeous photos! Congratulations, Lauren!!
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  • Thank you Rachel! x

  • Congratulations – it looks like you had an amazing time! I graduate next week and CANNOT WAIT!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com