Sheffield congregation

After Durham and Jack’s graduation we spent a week on the boat travelling down to the River Soar at Loughborough, before making a rushed trip home to sort out the house. We also managed to fit in two trips to Glastonbury and enjoyed a production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in the Abbey, performed by Castle Theatre Company.

 We then headed back north to Sheffield for our next family celebration, Polly’s graduation. We arrived at our accomodation in Sheffield meeting up with my mum ready for the graduation ceremony the next day. We enjoyed a meal together, followed by card games. ‘Knock out whist’ and ‘chase the lady’ being the two selected games before calling it a day.

Thursday morning arrived bright and sunny and Polly’s wish was for a walk on the edge of the Peak District before heading back for the ceremony in the afternoon. We had a lovely walk, over very up and down beautiful countryside. A glorious walk in fantastic scenery.

After a quick tea shop stop we made our way back into Sheffield, in time for a spot of lunch and to get ready. We soon found ourselves down by the University surrounded by loads of other Graduands. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and the atmosphere was of great excitement as everyone met up having not seen each other since their exams about a month ago. We soon went into the auditorium  ready for the ceremony. The Octagon building is a beautiful location for the Congregation as the shape of the building allowed a great view from all the seats. The ceremony was lovely and we proudly watched Polly receive her degree alongside her peers. It was a very proud moment to see her confirmed with her BSC (Hons) in Molecular Biology. A fabulous time. After the ceremony we went back out in the sun and enjoyed being together and capturing photos of the occasion outside of Firth Court and in the courtyard.

We finished our celebratory day by enjoying a lovely meal out together and toasting Polly’s successs. A fantastic day and such a brilliant achievement.


Durham Congregation

With Eunoia safely moored at Castleford, we were collected by Polly and travelled to Durham together. Stopping for a shop on the way we arrived safely at Crook Hall, our lovely home from home for a couple of days. When we arrived we met up with Jack and my mum who was also there to share the celebration with us. Durham is such a beautiful city, and we went off to the Castle to have our own private tour, before heading over to the cathedral to enjoy evensong.  It was lovely to share a family meal in the evening before Jack and Polly headed off and we all turned in.

Tuesday was the big day, and Jack’s congregation started at 9am prompt. We were on Palace Green by 7.45, a little bleary eyed, but excited. Seeing Jack in his gown with his bright pink hood was fabulous and he looked justifiably proud. Jack then went off to be lined up and we went into the cathedral. The actual congregation was lovely, and we proudly watched Jack and many others go from Graduands to being Graduates. Four years of hard work during which he secured his Masters in Mathmatics, with a huge hug from the university chancellor Sir Thomas Allen. To crown our proud moment, he was even mentioned by name in Sir Thomas’s speech!

After the ceremony we gathered with Jack, his friends and their families and laughed and celebrated together. It was lovely to be with Eleanor and Holly who were also both graduating, with their families to share the day – and the sun shone for the photos which was lovely. We also went to the Mathematics reception, fortunately there wasn’t a test to get in!

The afternoon saw showers of rain, but undaunted Jack and I were out supporting Holly and her family who had an afternoon slot, and doing the graduation tent stalls.

University College Durham have their own way of doing things and they do it with style. In the evening we went off to a drinks reception in the Tunstal Gallery, followed by dinner in the Great Hall. We finally ended up in the Undie for drinks. A wonderful day shared with the Kershaw-Green’s and the d’Anger’s. Fabulous company for a wonderful celebration of the brilliance of our fantastically talented children. Definitely a proud parent day.