PhD Done

I graduated on Friday. It was a momentous and wonderful occasion. Here are some pictures.

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From left to right, that’s me, my dissertation adviser and mentor-extraordinaire Dr. Ryan Moeller, then Dr. Keith Grant-Davie, another mentor and dissertation committee member, and then Dr. Adam Bair, one of my favorite colleagues who graduated with me. We were waiting in the field house for the procession to start to the graduation venue.

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This is me and Dr. Moeller processing to the graduation venue. (Behind me, is the guy who threw me under the bus.)

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The obligatory selfie.

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My amazing little family.

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And my amazing extended family. Left to right that is my father-in-law Mike, his brother Uncle Ken, my husband, my sister Afton, my dad, me, my sister Haley, and then my daughters in the front. My mother-in-law Marsha and my sisters-in-law Marie (and her husband Dave) and Michelle came too, but the ceremony took so long they ended up going home a little early.

It’s funny, though. I have a problem.

Whenever I accomplish something big, I immediately downplay it.

I remember starting my program and being so excited about doing a PhD in technical communication and getting this education. I thought it was a big deal. Now that I’ve done it, it doesn’t seem that big or that hard. It seems to me that anybody could do it.

So I’m working on being proud of myself.

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  1. Congratulations Dr. Emily. Well done. I adore your smile in the selfie with Dr. Moeller. That is a smile of accomplishment. Kudos my friend. Keith

  2. Be proud. Allow yourself to feel that feeling. I am so proud of you. This is a huge accomplishment. You did this while being a mom, wife, and commuting quite a long way. You are fabulous. You inspire me to do and be more. I adore you, Emily!!

  3. Congratulations! That’s amazing πŸ™‚ Be as proud as you can be! Very few people have it in them to complete a phd

  4. Well, you can let ME be proud and amazed and flabbergasted for you, I can’t even comprehend the amount of work you’ve done, and hours you’ve worked, and the time you’ve invested in this fantastic accomplishment. I’m proud to know and love you. Congratulations, my friend!!

  5. I’m so proud of you! You are awesome, and you’ve worked your hind quarters off to accomplish this. So enjoy it. At least treat yourself to something fun. Like a last minute trip to Disneyland, or Hawaii…

    Hugs and high fives to you! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜†πŸ˜Ž

  6. Congratulations Emily! I’m so happy for you.

    And you should definitely be proud of yourself — you’ve accomplished something amazing, with lots and lots of hard work. Well done! I look forward to seeing what you do next. πŸ™‚

  7. Congratulations Emily. Not only on your PhD, but for the many things you do well. One of them is putting together posts like this one. I also hope your humility does not get in the way of your sense of accomplishment.

  8. Oh gosh, not everyone can do it, especially not while working hard as a wife and mom and star blogger too! Congratulations, Emily, and it’s been a pleasure to share your journey with you through your blog posts.

      1. Hahaha, I love this: “It has been strange without you.” !
        Gosh, even after yesterday’s post I had a bout of self-doubt and wanted to quit again, but I need to keep pushing…I really appreciated your honest post about your mother the other day, which also encouraged me that it was okay to write openly.

        1. It IS okay! I’m tired of hiding things to protect a “perfect” image that doesn’t really exist. I have a friend who blogs openly about her struggles with depression and other mental illness and it is refreshing to see her shine!

  9. Congratulations! This is a major achievement, made even more amazing by doing it while bringing up children. I “discontinued” a PhD after working on it for 3 years full-time while having no other responsibilities… The PhD is the marathon of educational endeavours, maybe not “hard” as such but you gotta keep going, and going, and going. I truly admire people who have that kind of persistence and courage.

      1. Hi, I was doing sociology at Duke Univeristy in the mid-90s. My specialties were sociology of aging and medical sociology. I did get to teach both those topics as a part time lecturer after I returned to Canada and I have still an interest in them, so this period of my life by no means “lost time”! My husband always says I have a different way to perceive the world than many other people (more layers of complexity, more systemic thinking) which I attribute to my graduate studies. I also greatly appreciated the opportunity of live in the US; lots of learning about cultural differences and diversity through that experience.

        1. That is fascinating. And yes, no time lost! I love that graduate work has encouraged me to be a more critical and nuanced thinker as well. It sounds like it was a good experience for you. Thanks for telling me about it.

  10. A PhD is no small accomplishment and you totally rocked it. Congratulations Emily!
    (sorry I’m late to this post)

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