The last time I wore a cap and gown to graduation was in 1985 (29 years ago!), long before marriage or kids, when receiving my MBA from Wharton Graduate School. This time around, my husband and two of my three children were there to cheer me on as I received my diploma for a Masters in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University. It was such a rush walking on stage to receive my diploma. I have to admit, it never gets old. What should I major in next?
I had my MFA dissertation presentation today (called a Final Review at the Academy). In front of a group of three professors, I had to present my thesis, my artwork and the concept behind it all. Though I was well prepared, I was still nervous. I am happy to say I passed with flying colors. I received some great feedback and direction for my future career as an artist. I am looking forward to mulling this advice over once I stop celebrating. Now it’s just one more month of class, six more paintings and I’ll be wearing a cap and gown again at a graduation ceremony. I can’t believe it has been 29 years since the last time I did that!