Though the first session of summer classes don’t begin until next week, once commencement concludes, summer at OHIO begins. Last Friday and Saturday, graduate and undergraduate students began new journeys–some moving on to new jobs, others moving up in current positions, but all moving out of school and the temporary places they called home.
In addition to the caps and gowns that dotted the Athens Campus this weekend, moving vans and dollies were common sights as well, providing students the support needed to move out of residence halls and apartments. One student, a rising junior who will no longer be subject to the two-year parietal rule to live on campus says he had mixed feelings leaving his residence hall. Though happy to have a newly renovated space near campus to move into this fall, he said, “I had a moment of nostalgia, realizing I will never live in a residence hall again.” A graduating senior says she has an internship lined up out of town but will miss the security of Athens and Ohio University.
The sun that greeted graduate students Friday morning couldn’t outshine the joy on the happy faces of those undergraduates who faced rain and clouds Saturday morning. Whether it was relief that a tough final was over, the thrill of starting a new job, or the bittersweet memories of their college experience, many students and their families wore their emotions on their sleeves, making it easy to notice what they were experiencing throughout the weekend. Today is new day for all of the students who graduated this weekend. Congratulations to them and congratulations to all 2017 graduates!
Happy May, happy Monday, and happy summer, OHIO!