Sunday, May 14, 2017

Inspiring You! A Bukola Oriola's Story 4

A cross section of graduating students and guests
Welcome back. If this is your first time reading Inspiring You! A Bukola Oriola's Story, please, go back and read part one, two, and three. Check the right top sidebar for the Inspiring You! A Bukola Oriola's Story Series to read the other parts of the story.

With my brother, Bolaji, my son, Sam, grandpa, and Shakira's kids
I had promised to write about the commencement ceremony that took place two weeks ago when I graduated from Metropolitan State University with my Bachelors of Art.
It's such a feeling of accomplishment knowing that I am now a Bachelors degree holder. It was over due, and I am glad that I didn't think about how long, but was pressing on to complete my degree. 

I will like to use this opportunity to encourage you to keep pressing on regardless of whatever challenges or delays you may be experiencing to accomplish your goal. If you don't give up, you will achieve your goals. Mind you, there are times that you may experience delay or pause, don't think it's the end, rather see it as a stop sign on the road when driving or a red light by the traffic light that will always change to green afterwards.

Meanwhile, on the commencement ceremony night, I was in line with the president and some of the staff, when tears filled my eyes, as soon as the procession song began. I was selected to give the commencement speech on behalf of the graduating students. You can watch it here. I thought to myself, "This is it. I am finally getting my Bachelors degree." It was a moment that I would always remember.
Before then, I had be treated to a dinner with my Minnesota family and friends, thanks to grandma
At dinner with Becky and Shakira before the commencement
and grandpa. They asked where I would like to go to dinner and I chose a Mexican restaurant. We had the dinner and then left for the commencement ceremony which was scheduled for 6:30 PM. We took pictures and they went to take a seat in the auditorium. I wish that I could invite more people
but the tickets were limited to nine per graduating student. 

Luckily, my immediate brother was able to attend from Canada. Although it was a day of joy, it was also a day of sorrow for me because I couldn't get the rest of my siblings in Nigeria to attend. More so, my parents who didn't have the chance for college education were not there to share the glorious moment with me. They both passed away. My mother died in 1998 and my father joined her in 2008.
With Grandma and Grandpa
I sat on the platform with the president and her staff. Sitting with me on the platform was the Student Senate President who also delivered an inspiring speech to the graduating students.
In addition, I saw a lot of my classmates receive their medallions and degree conferment as they passed by me on the platform. It was a glorious night. Greeting several students that night helped me to focus on the joy of the night rather than the sadness.

I finished secondary school education in 1995, which was one year late because I repeated a class, but I didn't get my Bachelors degree until 22 years later, which was over two decades. I posted, "After over two decades, I will be getting my Bachelors. You can take a look at my Capstone eFolio" on my Facebook timeline when I received a pleasant message from a reader. I will share the message with you next time.
Thanks for reading and see you next time.