Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Technically, today is my official graduation date. I finished my final exams weeks ago. I am still waiting for my final grades, which I won’t get until this coming Wednesday. It will take 6 to 8 weeks for my diploma to catch up to me here in Finland, because (again, technically) I’ve graduated from a campus located in Chicago. But it’s over. It’s done. I now have a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship.
(Coincidentally, today is also Father’s Day in Finland. It’s funny, because in the United States all of the “dads and grads” stuff happens together in June.)
When I started this degree program, I said that I didn’t care about the piece of paper. I did it to gain practical knowledge so I could better run my own business. That’s still largely true; Asparagus Jumpsuit has been my live lab, and is now our primary source of income. It’s about what I do with these skills, not the time I’ve served acquiring them. Still, there is a sense of satisfaction to having that reminder that you’ve accomplished something significant.
Obviously, I won’t be attending the convocation. Katie and I won’t be doing anything special today; we’re combining my graduation with my birthday, which is this coming Thursday. As usual, I don’t want a party, and plan to just have a quiet dinner with my gorgeous and talented wife.