Time of My Life

The commencement celebrations were a weekend-long affair and the first thing I did was…
get my nails in order
Class Day was on Sunday, May 23rd and it is a tradition on this day to wear crazy/silly/funny hats to the event.  Every year, Class Day is organized by the Senior Class Council and it is a day to hang out with friends and less formally recognize the graduating students.
my roommates
a gaggle of girls
her grandmother made this for her- I mean, how awesome is this hat?!
this is a hat modeled off our bell tower- the most detailed hat I saw!
This year, we were lucky enough to have Tom Hanks as our Class Day speaker.  One of the first things he told us was not to put away our phones, and to instead tweet about his speech or post it on Facebook!  Funny guy! :D
The official commencement ceremony was the next day.  First all of the schools at Yale (undergraduate and graduate) assembled together, then us undergraduates split off into our residential colleges to attend a more intimate graduation there.
my sister and I
my parents. don’t worry, my dad is not angry, he just rarely smiles in pictures!
my family- left to right: brother, mom, me, dad, brother, sister, godmother
waiting for my name to be called
diploma in hand, feeling good!
So now it’s been a couple of weeks since all this happened, but I have to say…it hasn’t really hit me yet.  I said my “see you later’s” and my goodbyes to both friends and acquaintances, but I haven’t really come to terms with the fact that this chapter of my life has officially ended.  There is still a part of me that thinks I am on a temporary break and will return to school soon.  I (as well as many other graduates, I’m sure) am wondering, “What’s next?”  How about I get back to you on that?  ;)
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  1. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you so much Sam! =)

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  2. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you so much Cat! Yes, Tom Hanks was really cool- so glad that we got to hear him speak! :)

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  3. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you Melanie! :) Aw, that sucks- I hope they get it back in stock soon!

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  4. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you very much! Even though it seems far away, that is so amazing that you will have two degrees when you finish next year! :)

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  5. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you so much Claire! =) It is very exciting and I'm looking forward to what's next!

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  6. Nnenna wrote:

    It was!! :D Thanks Gentrilee!

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  7. VLM. wrote:

    This looks like such an amazing experience, congratulations! You look beautiful, and I hope you had a great day. Keep us posted!
    xoxo, Veena <3


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  8. Megan wrote:

    CONGRATS! so what's on the agenda next?!?!


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  9. ohsosophi wrote:

    Congrats on graduating! Yale's ceremony was so nice when my sister went there, and we didn't even have someone like Tom Hanks speaking!

    And oooh boy am I going to be a crying mess when I graduate haha.I'm sure you're going to take the world by storm :)

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  10. Sian wrote:

    Congratulations on graduating!! You loved lovely and the hats thing is absolutely awesome!! That is so amazing that Tom Hanks was the speaker, my sister loves him, she'd be so jealous!! And your nails look lovely too =)

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  11. zarna wrote:

    first of all congrats on graduating!!!!!!!

    secondly, i love your nails :)

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  12. samalamode wrote:

    great nails! and wow! tom hanks! congrats on graduating!! :) that's how i felt when i graduated too, "what's next?". To be quite frank, I still think about it from time to time. haha!


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  13. Chelsea wrote:

    I LOVE TOM HANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and those adorable nails.


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  14. Cat {brideblu} wrote:

    Oh girl … congrats are in order in a big way!!!!  Love your sweet lacey nails.  How rad that Mr. Hanks spoke {that twitter joke was an ice-breaker for sure :)}.  I would have been totally star-struck … love Tom! 

    xx Cat brideblu

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  15. sartorialsidelines wrote:

    Congrats, congrats, congrats! Great photos (nice wedges – I have the same pair)!

    xoxo ~ Courtney


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  16. tia_cherie wrote:

    Oh wow congratulations! That is so amazing, must be a great feeling.  Its fabulous to see your hard work paying off. I am forever dreaming of when I will have my graduation. Even though I finished my commerce degree last year I don't have graduation until I finish my other degree at the end of next year.

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  17. Ellenreviewsblog wrote:

    Yaay! Congrats Nenna! :) Great photos specially your whole fam photo. :) 

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  18. Spinning Threads wrote:

    Oh my gosh, Nnenna, congratulations!  That's huge and you look so very lovely in your gown.  How exciting, you have your entire life ahead of you.  It's such an exciting time of life!


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  19. Gentrilee wrote:

    How fun!! Tom Hanks, Fun hats, good friends, awesome nails?? SOunds good to me! haha!

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  20. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you so much Veena- I absolutely did =) And I will!

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  21. Nnenna wrote:

    Aww, thank you Sophi! That's a very sweet thing to say :)

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  22. Nnenna wrote:

    Aww, thank you Sian! =)

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  23. UnravelledThreads wrote:

    Congrats! I love that nail polish… I've been trying to find the leopard print one, but the CVS near my work never has it :(

    Melanie@Unravelled Threads
    Follow @UnraveldThreads on twitter!

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