A Durham Graduation

As if once wasn’t enough, I got to graduate again.

After graduating from the University of Birmingham back in 2012 with my BA, I went on to study for an MA at Durham University. I spent just 1 year studying there, but it was enough time for me to fall in love with the city (and the North East for that matter).

So I was really happy to make the four hour journey back up north to graduate with my Master’s degree and see Durham all over again.

Isn’t it beautiful!?

If you haven’t visited already, I’d highly recommend heading to the North East for a mini break. It’s kind of a hidden gem – hardly any of my friends have visited, but the scenery is incredible, there is plenty of coast, and the food is pretty fantastic!

Durham had thrown a lot at me. 

I’d struggled moving to the other side of the country, leaving all my friends and family behind and stepping into the unknown. No idea whether I’d enjoy my course, or what the next steps would be.

In January I then got bogged down with glandular fever and was nearly hospitalised.

After 3 months of being really ill, against doctor’s orders (oops!), I headed back up to Durham to complete my course and write my dissertation, because I was determined to get it done and graduate on time.

And I did it! I graduated with Merit. It was honestly one of the toughest things I’d ever done.
And this beautiful cathedral is where I’d finally be graduating…

Once I’d fetched my robes, we congregated in the Castle’s Great Hall.

This room is where I’d sat through various formals over the year, fine dining and sipping port. And oh how I miss it!
After making the pilgrimage over from the Castle to the Cathedral, we waited and were televised to the crowd until it was our time to graduate. (And yes I may have had an accidental slip on live TV, great…!)
Think the cameraman may have captured my embarrassed face post-trip!

And that was that… I’m officially a double graduate!

Can you see the look of relief on my face!?

Time for a quick lunch stop!

And there was only one place in my opinion… THE best chippy in the WORLD!

Held to Bells on Saddler Street if you want to join in on the experience.

All their chips are cooked traditionally in beef dripping and they are simply divine.

Time for some photos…

For those of you wondering what I’m wearing, my dress is French Connection. Shop here.

And my shoes are the famous ones I was discussing in a previous post when I bought them.

They’re Christian Louboutins and you can buy them here.

So, there’s my graduation for you!

I wonder if it’ll be my last…?

Have you graduated this year too?


I’m Laura, a roaming blonde who recently made the leap from my home in the Cotswolds, UK to be based across the pond in Vancouver, BC for a brand new job and plenty of adventures.

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