Well it had to happen eventually, given enough time I guess it was inevitable, but finally, I HAVE GRADUATED! Today I was honoured to be given the award of Bachelor of Computer Science, with a major in Secure Distributed Systems.
I was very privileged to have my beautiful wife, Natalie, and my parents accompany me as guests to the graduation ceremony. After the formalities, we all went home, collected my daughters and went out for dinner. A fairly low-key affair given that it is Wednesday night, but we all had a ball.
I've thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to simply drink in the occasion, reflect on the last 9+ years and share the whole experience with the people I care about the most. Working full time and raising a family certainly impacted the time it has taken to complete my degree, but I wouldn't want it any other way. If I ever have to opportunity to study full time without the stress of paying bills etc, I'm sure I will jump at it. However, until I win the lottery, I doubt I will ever know what it is like to "just study".
Thanks to all my friends who have supported me in so many ways. A special thanks to Mike, Peter dZ, Andrew, Rocci, and Bel who I met whilst studying and still have the pleasure of sharing their company. You guys have been such a huge support and inspiration (having graduated years ago!). To all the other close friends who have encouraged and challenged me to keep going and look forward to the end goal - thank you so very much.
Thank you to everyone who has made this achievement possible. For more photos from today, check out the gallery here.