|We were actually handed medallions at the ceremony.|
Diplomas were mailed out two weeks later,
after grades were finalized.
You know, just in case.
Whether the speech was good or not (Everyone's told me it was very good, but honestly, who's going to be the dick that says it was terrible?), I called it a success since I got through it without any major embarrassments or overtly-visible nervousness. And as luck or fate or whatever you'd like to call it would have it, I had a friend in attendance whose wife was also graduating and decided to record my speech.
Now, there's a sense of dread I have knowing that this video exists, that one day down the line someone would see it and I'd lose out on some opportunity because they didn't agree with the message or how I said or how I spoke or whatever. But I quickly got over that and thought: I gave a speech that unless it was recorded, I otherwise wouldn't have heard. I mean, I heard it, of course, but I'd now be able to listen to what I said. And while it may not be on the same level as the celebrity commencement addresses we get drowned with at this time every year, I am proud of my words.
And after all that, if you've got just under 8 minutes to kill, here's what I said: