After 3 years of studying English at The University of Hull, Matt (my gorgeous, clever hubby-to-be, if you didn’t already know) finally graduated at the city hall. I am very, very proud.
It was a really great day, as you can imagine. His mum and grandma joined me as guests, and after the ceremony his brothers and my mum joined us for pictures and celebratory drinks in the town centre! Even the brothers kept saying, there was just an atmosphere throughout the day and you couldn’t help but feel proud. I’m so happy for him.
When we met about 5 years ago, Matt didn’t have any plans to go to university – he actually wanted to join the navy but, as we grew closer, he decided against that and got stuck right into his studies like his workaholic girlfriend! Now, he’s going on to work at his favourite college in Hull, the place we actually met, for a year of teacher training. He’s proper chuffed.
After the graduation ceremony in the city hall, which I’ll get onto in a moment, we met up with the rest of the guests and went for some drinks in mine and Matt’s go-to pub. When the parents and grandparents set off home, the rest of us decided to stay out for more celebratory drinks… of course. I was going to say “you only graduate once”, but I guess that’s not always the case! The night ended up being absolutely fantastic. We had drinks on the marina, before going home to change into something less formal, and then head back out to a little, quirky theatre pub that I’d never been to before. Lots and lots and lots of drinks later, I set off home with a very drunk newly graduated fiancé.
Note: This pub is called the Old English Gentleman and if you’re ever in Hull, check it out. Because it’s next door to Hull’s New Theatre, you get a lot of actors popping in for drinks. It’s super.
The ceremony itself was weird, enjoyable, but weird… I wasn’t actually expecting so much formality, and I don’t know why. I’m not at all religious, so the heavy focus on religion and faith was unexpected. I presumed the main focus would be more on the hard work of the students who have made it this far, but instead it felt more like a like a very formal, very old-fashioned wedding. It was an experience, nonetheless. The city hall is beautiful. Awkwardly, the entire area around the city hall is currently under construction so the ‘hat throw’ thing was in the middle of a building site! It didn’t bother us though – we headed straight into Queen’s Gardens, which is a small bit of greenery in the city centre, for some pictures.
We got some lovely photographs together so I’m over the moon. Normally, because I’m the one taking the photographs, I’m never in them! I asked my mum to take some of us on my camera though. I set it on an ‘auto’ mode so she didn’t have to fiddle with the manual settings, and she got some great shots! Thanks, mumma!
Well done, Matt! We’re all super proud of you. I’m really glad you enjoyed your special day.
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