It is official, I am now an Oxford alum! I hope I never forget how challenging and rewarding this year was. We celebrated with drinks and dancing and eggs Benedict.
In tradition that dates back from the second half of the 12th century, Oxford students don silly outfits and flock to the Sheldonian Theatre for a 'solemn' and serious ceremony conducted in latin. Of course Luke managed to mess the procession up (see below) and basically hopped into the lap of the University president before being gestured back in line. This sent giggles reverberating through the ancient theater rafters.
My parents were unable to make the trip over to jolly ole England for graduation. Instead, I was incredibly lucky to be graced by the presence of two best friends from my home town, Annie and Kate.
Congratulations and love to my classmates, my friends, who traveled from all over the globe to spend this year with me. The lectures, field trips and research were all so informative and powerful. However, it was all of you whom I learned the most from. Over truly international dinner parties (9 participants from 9 different countries one time!), drinks, debates and discussions, each and every one of you shared honest and genuine insight into the field we have so passionately dedicated our lives to. Cheers to the next generation of conservationists, and thank you to this lifelong network of friends!