What will we be doing in 20 years?

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Homerton College, Cambridge

The question on everyone’s lips  on July 1st 1989 which can now be answered!! Sitting here writing a blog post about how I can’t believe it’s TWENTY years since graduation. It was another glorious hot day, we’d had a  month since finals ended doing  May Week stuff for the last time,  clearing  the house, burning notes, drinking more fake champagne – and plenty real stuff.  Most of us had jobs to go to in September so we were released from that  feeling of needing to spend the summer working 😀 and then, one final burst of ceremony.

me, JUly 1st 1989 at college

me, JUly 1st 1989 at college

The official Cambridge website describes graduation far better than I could do, but for those of you who  haven’t seen one – yes it really is that formal, you process from college ( or in our case half way as it was a bit further away that a lot of them) and process into Senate House in ranks of four, lots of Latin and bowing & kneeling  and the the deed is done and you walk out the back and round the lane onto the Senate House Lawn to wait for  your guests to emerge. A Very British way to graduate! senate houseIt was pretty warm under that lot though – we’d been ( quite literally) pinned into the finery at college that morning  checked off against lists of rules , rubrics & regulations regarding gown length, hair length & colour, earrings, rings & heel height. We’d turned up with the requested four stout safety pins (don’t ask me what the boys did but we  girls all had our hoods pinned right through our shirts and attached to the front of our bras – they’re very heavy!) hair clips and spare tights ( just the girls again) and there was to be no  unpinning however warm it got until well into the evening! I also seem to remember a lot of fuss about the correct angle of the ties & bands the guys were wearing.

I am deeply appreciating the irony that having shed the gown and burnt* the notes, here I am twenty years later, knee deep in essays once more preparing  for a time  and a job when dressing up in slightly archaic clothing will not be considered unusual!

So, here I am twenty years on,  Happy Graduation anniversary to any Homertonians of ’89 who happen to chance on  this, and here’s to the next twenty!

me again!
me again!

*ps don’t tell, but the note burning was only selective – the privilege of learning from some of the great historians was far too good to burn!! they’re  in  the attic ( the notes that is  not  the professors..)

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5 Responses to “What will we be doing in 20 years?”

  1. I kept all my notes for ages and ages….did actually embark on a PhD til funding ran out, which kind of justified it but when we were moving to curacy I finally accepted that I wasn’t ever going to do anything academically remarkable,and binned them then.
    Happy anniversary! I was 7 years ahead of you, graduating from Trinity in 1982…very very odd to contemplate son going thro same process in 2 years time!

  2. Hi, what a fascinating post! I work as a Library Assistant at Homerton College (since 2001 – so long after you were there). We have just had this year’s graduation here! Visit our weblog (link above).

  3. […] Posted on Thursday, 2 July 2009 by homlib A Homerton student who graduated 20 years ago answers the question: The question on everyone’s lips on July 1st 1989 which can now be answered!! Sitting here […]

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  4. Oops – posted my comment accidentally as a “reply” to the track-back… which it wasn’t… so here it is again, in case you miss the ‘best wishes’:

    Hiya… sorry to see that Twitter have been idiotic and suspended your account – let us know you if you reappear in a new guise… and in the meantime, the twitterverse misses your tweeting!

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