Graduation: the Big Day

19 July 2015


So last week, I graduated and now I can casually add BA (Hons) to the end of my name. Although I had a few ups and downs over the last three years studying English Language and Literature, the whole uni experience has made them the best three years of my life so far. I have definitely made some friends for life in Newcastle, and I have loved it so much I have decided to spend one more year in the city, studying for an MA in Media and Public Relations. I'm hoping that my master's will allow me to specialise all the skills I've learnt so far, and gain more experience before finally stepping out into the real working world. So here are a few photos from the big day...


As a graduation tradition at Newcastle University, when us graduates step onto the stage at the ceremony, we have our hoods placed on us by an academic before shaking the chancellor's hand. I thought that this left a lot of room to mess up, but luckily I managed not to trip up and neither did any of the other students in my ceremony.


After the ceremony, we had a drinks reception in front of the union and luckily the morning's rain had worn off before the late afternoon ceremony. On the day I wore an Oasis dress, which had crochet lace detailing on the top and then flowed into a cream skater skirt - you can find it here on ASOS. I felt it was important to have quite a classic dress for such a formal event, so this dress was high-necked and knee-length. I also chose a pale dress (like many other girls I know) so that it would stand out against the black of the gown. For the low-down on what makeup I wore, see my previous post.

After all the formalities were finished on campus, my family and I headed down to the Quayside - one of my favourite parts of the city. My parent and sister were staying at the Malmaison hotel for the night, and after hearing good things of the restaurant, we went there for my graduation meal. This was followed by drinks at the Pitcher and Piano with my flatmates and their parents too, and then the four of us headed for a night out with her rest of our coursemates.

Hope you enjoyed this little peak into the festivities of my graduation day! What have you been celebrating recently? And what would you wear to graduation?

Charlotte x

26 comments

  1. Congratulations!!! Your family and friends must be so proud <3 By the way your school looks amazing---it looks like something out of a storybook~
    xxx
    She Will Be

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    1. Thank you so much! I never actually thought about how magical my university campus looks until now - the Arts Quad (where the pictures on the grass were taken) is by far the prettiest part :) x

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  2. Congratulations dear, I wish you all the best dear! You look amazing seems like a wonderful, emotional, memory filled day! xxxxx

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    1. Thank you, that means a lot :) it definitely was an eventful day! xx

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  3. Congrats! My friend got her masters at Newcastle and loved it there. xx

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    1. Thanks Marissa :) I'm glad she enjoyed her time in Newcastle! It really is one of the best cities in the UK x

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  4. Congrats! Such an exciting moment!
    xMC
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    1. Thank you! Yes it definitely was exciting, but so scary too to see how quickly the past three years have gone x

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  5. Congrats! What a day! Looks like you had fun!

    Heba xx || The Heba

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  6. Congrats! Isn't it just the best feeling?! And you look stunning!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Thanks Annabel! Its the best feeling in the sense I never have to analyse a book or a sentence again, but other than that I will really miss being an undergraduate! Aw thank you for your kind words :) x

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  7. congrats on graduating! loove your oasis dress x
    natasha // eyebrows, inc.

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    1. Thank you Natasha! Aw I'm glad you like the dress :) x

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  8. Congratulations! That is such an amazing achievement xx
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    1. Ah thank you :) it was so nice to know that my three years of hard work was worth it! xx

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  9. Sounds fun! Congrats! X

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  10. Congratulations!! You looked absolutely beautiful :) I hope you are proud of yourself and well done on carrying on to do an MA, that's pretty awesome. I think the hood tradition is really nice but how come you don't get a cap?! I've never seen that before haha xx

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    1. Aw thank you so much!! The hood tradition was a little awkward to be honest, as I had never met the academic who put it on me - but I suppose it is quite a unique tradition of my university. I think we are the only uni that doesn't get a cap!! Luckily we got to wear one for our formal photos, but I wish we had had a cap to wear for the day xx

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