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MIT student blogger Laura N. '09

Commencement Webcast by Laura N. '09

MIT gives me a diploma in T-3 hours...

Well, here it is- the big day. I have to report to the athletics center in about 20 minutes to get ready to line up for the procession into Killian Court for commencement.

(Unfortunately the weather isn’t nearly as nice as it was two days ago when I took that photo…)

If you’re interested in watching Lulu, Kim and I graduate, you can watch the webcast online:

I was going to write some big reflective entry before today but seriously, it’s all so overwhelming that I don’t even know what to say. (Me, speechless. Let that sink in for a minute.)

All I know is that this morning, for the last time, I put my Brass Rat on facing up. In a couple of hours, I get to turn it around, and that’s going to be awesome.

Maybe in a few days I’ll have had enough time to process all of this, and write something deep and meaningful about it. Maybe.

21 responses to “Commencement Webcast”

  1. FYI, The Tech is running live photos of commencement at

  2. Kimberly '13 says:


    Love to read your blogs.

  3. lisa says:

    College graduate? The correct grammar is Lulu, Kim and me….

  4. A Parent says:

    Congratulations! Your blogs have been terrific and we will miss it.

    By the way, why do you call it a diploma? Isn’t what you are getting a full fledged Degree?

    Wiki definition for degree and diploma
    A college diploma is a degree received from a two-year institution of higher learning while a bachelors degree is a degree earned from a four-year institution of higher learning. The difference is not limited to the time spent at the institution but can also include the salary differences and the level of a job position.

  5. Laura says:

    Lisa: Yes, I am a college graduate. In engineering. Leave me alone and try not to be too much of a snob next time.

    A Parent: I always just used “diploma” as a word for the actual piece of paper. I never heard of the other definition…

  6. Juhee says:


    Don’t be a b*tch. She’s graduating. Way to ruin the mood.

  7. Lisa, your grammar sucks…Lulu, Kim and I (three different people [object of sentence] = We); Lulu, Kim and me = Us [subject of sentence].

    Stop being so jealous, your time will come…


    @ A Parent

    I say “college diploma” and “bachelors degree” are interchangeable terms these days; at least colloquially…

  8. Piper '12 says:

    Oci & Kate – You’ve got the grammar backwards.

    That said, seriously Lisa?

  9. Anonymous says:

    boy,these moments are gonna stay with u for life…….

  10. rishabh says:

    boy,these moments are gonna stay with u for life…….

  11. rishabh says:

    i accidentally posted the first message as an anon

  12. :) says:

    What does turning around the brass rat mean?

  13. Steph says:

    Congrats!!! :D

  14. Congratulations, Laura!

    Has anyone been able to watch these videos? I get sound but no picture.

  15. Salem Dad says:

    Laura…Congratulations! Thank you for always being honest and staying true to yourself. Good luck in your future adventures!

  16. Oops…yeah in reverse order… Lulu, Kim and I (SUBJECT), whilst Lulu, Kim and I = (OBJECT of sentence).

    It must have been a blow-out of the lower lip..

  17. @ Piper ’12

    That error must have been a cerebral malfunction

  18. O & K, uk says:

    Lulu, Kim and me = OBJECT OF SENTENCE!!! Yikes!!!


  19. @ Piper ’12


  20. wat does turning around the brass rat mean?