Graduation & Meeting Dawn French!


As you can see I recently graduated from Falmouth University with a first class degree in Graphic Design! I did it, I actually did it. It was really hard to prepare for the day as I have never attended a graduation before, as I am the first one in my immediate family to have actually gone to University! Going off pictures I had seen floating around online and the Universities database I gathered a slight idea of the kind of thing I should be wearing and doing in my photographs! Haha. My top tips for anyone else unsure about graduation is:

  1. Where something that you love and flatters you but, is also comfortable. Don’t wear too big of high heels if it hurts your feet! You want to enjoy your day, not be in pain.
  2. Have hair that’s been unwashed for a few days and apply mousse to it. The more texture and less silky your hair is the better it is for your cap to stay on!
  3. If your cap doesn’t fit properly go back and make them change it. I had to do this and although it seemed like a palava at the time it was worth doing to have a piece of mind that it wasn’t going to fall off on stage!
  4. If for some reason that fails bring bobby pins/hair grips along with you to help keep the cap in place. Also bring safety pins to stop your gown from sliding around everywhere.
  5. Smile and enjoy your day! Don’t get too hung up on constantly taking photographs, live in the moment, appreciate it and allow yourself some time to reflect and feel proud for this wonderful achievement.

Although the day was long it went really fast as I was constantly talking with friends, family and in my case Dawn French! Yes Dawn French is the Chancellor of Falmouth University and although unfortunately I didn’t get a one on one picture with her, I did get to shake her hand as she gave me a chocolate coin with her face on it, what more could you ask for? Dawn also gave a comedic but emotional speech that had me and everyone tearing up at points. Overall I had a really lovely day which will be ingrained my memories forever. It is now onto a next chapter in my life and although it is scary and sad to see all my friends going their separate ways, I couldn’t be more proud of myself and all of my peers for actually doing it!

“Remember that however far you travel from Falmouth, Cornwall will always hold you in her gentle embrace, and you will carry her remarkable breathtaking light with you, wherever you go.” – Chancellor Dawn French

Lots of love, Melissa x


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