This caught me off guard. It has been a tremendous pleasure watching my students create.
I can't find the words to express how much I learned in this last year. It's been a whole new environment for me. I've worked in academia most of my adult life, but this is my first time as a professor and it's been both rewarding and frustrating, but thankfully not on equal measure.
I'm glad I hung around for graduation. It reminded me a lot of goals I set for myself each time I walked across the stage. I got to hear about summer plans and gap years. So exciting to see them be so excited (and emotional and nervous and overwhelmed and scared) with so much ahead of them.