So I graduated yesterday and I'm still really tired, but it was amazing.
Since I'm cyber-schooled we had to go to a university for the ceremony. The issue is that we did go to the right place, but we parked in the wrong spot, so we were over at the actual SCHOOL portion and not the Fredrick Douglass area. (Which was basically looked like a castle/cathedral?? Its hard to describe, but I took pictures!)
So my grandpa thought we had to go inside, because we saw other people going inside, so we followed and came to the cafeteria. We wound up eating breakfast in the college cafeteria, and I forgot just how bad school food was up until that point. The eggs were gummy, the french toast was soggy and don't even get me started on the sausage. The brownies however, were REALLY good!
Some people were staring at us, and then Grandpa realized that we were not where we were supposed to be! We were actually down the block from the venue, so we had to skedaddle our way back up.
I got to meet my teachers, and I got an award for Perfect Attendance all year ^o^ and then we got to go down for rehearsal and I met this awesome girl who sat behind me.
After that we went down to get changed into our caps and gowns (Which we got to keep! The school said people rented them but never returned them so they have this new policy of letting us keep them.) and went to the ceremony; I was sitting in the fourth row, I think, fourth or fifth.
We had two guest speakers: One of them was a graduate from last year who now works as an IT tech with the school and talked about how he was very demotivated with classwork because of family issues and would rather play games all day, but one of his mentors stepped up to help him and keep him focused on schoolwork.
The other speaker was our Valedictorian, and she spoke of how this cyber school changed her life because she has a very, very severe nut allergy and she got bullied for it in school when she was younger, and people would eat nut products near her and try to see what her reactions would be to certain nuts, and it got to where she skipped breakfast and lunch because people tried to slip nuts into her milk. (She was in 5th grade then, and spent the rest of her school career in cyberschool) After getting pulled out she came to this place, and wound up finding a much better environment and people she could talk to who understand.
Then some of the teachers came up to speak too, I think five of them in total.
Afterwards, they handed out awards to some of the best academic students first, THEN they began the diploma ceremony. When it was my turn to go up, it HIT me right then and there that was graduating, actually, physically graduating.
I felt ready to cry when I walked across the stage and I felt shaky all over, but I held it in and went up, shook hands with the principal and two other people, got my picture taken and back down to the seats.
Afterwards, we all went out to the courtyard to toss our hats (picture taken by drone) and after that, THEN that's when I actually cried.
All in all, its a day I'll never forget.