December 20, 2014
After a long journey, MIchael and I officially became doctors – yay!
Our graduation ceremony took place at the University of Queensland campus and attended by Michael’s parents, my mom, Ong Ba Ba, and Di Loan.
Micheal receiving his “diploma” and being congratulated by the Chancellor. You actually receive an empty cylinder on stage and receive a packet of documents, including your diploma/testamur once you leave stage 🙂
My turn 🙂 I didn’t faceplant on stage, success!
As with every university graduation ceremony I’ve attended, the graduates are asked to turn around, face the audience, and give our family and friends a standing ovation. To thank them for their never ending love and support, for helping us achieve our dreams, and celebrating with us. This is a moment of happiness for many students, but a bittersweet moment for me. Happy to have succeeded but with tears stinging my eyes, remembering my father who’s no longer on this earth to see his daughter graduate. I know he would’ve been extremely happy and proud 🙂
My Ong Ba was quite exhausted after the long ceremony
With a class of over 400 people, you can imagine how crowded the campus was!
My biggest support
My other half, my meant to be!
We decided not to hang around for long as it was quite crowded and hot, plus everyone was tired, but we were able to grab a few photos with our friends on the way out!
With the lovely Sarah 🙂
Josiah and his family are amazing people – so warm and gracious – will never forget their hospitality!
Will be working with Chuan in Rockhampton in 2015! Woo hoo for getting jobs!
Can’t forget these 2, Fiona & Smiley, PBL 25 represent from Day 1. Missing Christine (elsewhere), James (on his honeymoon) and Kristen (with her baby girl)!
And of course, Tom!
While getting our diplomas framed, we ran into Lauren!
Woo, we did it!
Part of the reason why we were eager to leave was because we had already made plans. My Ong Ba Ut couldn’t attend our graduation (not enough tickets) so we had decided to come back the following day (Sunday) to take some family photos together. We would dress up again and come back to campus to take photos at our own leisure. It would work out perfectly because our graduation was the last ceremony of the year so campus would be completely empty.
So with that plan in mind, we went back to my family’s apartment to celebrate!
Lots of toasts!
Lots of “1-2-3-Voooooo!” (1-2-3 cheers!)
Michael and I had wanted to take our families out to dinner to thank them. But everyone was tired and we decided to get McDonald’s takeaway instead. With wine. Ended the day super classy!
Thank you again to all my family and friends for your love and support! Couldn’t have made it to today without all of you!