On May 28th, 2010 I graduated from the University of Delaware with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling in Higher Education. It was a rough two years but I am so proud of myself for getting it done. I would definitely say that grad school is not for the weak and it takes a great deal of determination and perseverance to get through it.
Among that many things to be considered on Graduation Day, two of the biggest were what to wear and how to style my hair. I spent weeks searching for the perfect dress. I wanted something form-fitting, knee-length and simple. One day while shopping at Macy’s with a friend, I stumbled across a brown form fitting, knee-length dress. I loved it because it was the perfect blend of conservative and sexy. It was something you could wear to the office, on an interview, or a date. After the long search for this dress I failed to get a shot of it on the big day. I was much too happy to be wearing my blue cap and gown and visiting with family. Including my sister and her children who I haven’t seen in two years.
For my hair, I knew that I did not want to wear my fro because my grandmother and brother would be attending and they have made no mistake about not liking my natural hair. When I considered wearing my natural hair all I could think of was my grandmother berated it and making a bigger deal about it than my actual accomplishment of getting my master’s degree. I thought that I would please my grandmother by either getting a cute cornrow style with extensions or micro braids. I eventually decided upon micros. On graduation day my grandmother did indeed make a comment about my hair, stating that she was glad I did something with my hair besides wear my fro. I suffered the pangs of insult silently. I tried to rationalize it by telling myself that having the micros in would give my hair a break and let it grow for a month.
They came out cute I think. I opted to go for a curly style to give it some flair. I wore micros all four years of high school and always wore them straight so I thought I would do something different this time around.
Here are some pics of me, my family and my hair on Graduation Day.