Sunday, May 22, 2011

He called me Ellen.

You may remember that I finally finished my masters this past December.

I went back and forth on whether I wanted to participate in graduation or not, I decided to do the masters hooding ceremony.

I wanted to feel the excitement and pride of finally finishing.

My stomach fluttered as I slipped on my gown.  It felt real, it felt good.

Then I rushed to check in then lined up and waited.

We stood in line for an hour and a half, and you know I was in four inch heels.

Eventually we filed onto the stage and I proceeded to wait for an hour while speeches were made and names were called.

Then it was my turn I stood tall, all the work coming down to a moment, to this moment.  The Dean called my name...and he called me Ellen.


So not worth it. An hour and a half of driving each way, two and a half hours of waiting in four inch heels, and he called me Ellen.

I was pissed.

Picture me,
I wrote this post on the stage, four rows back on my phone. Still waiting.  Waiting for them to finish calling names and saying speeches.

The man next to me was playing video games on his phone.

Our moment of glory.

Our hour and a half drive home took three hours.

I hope my family really enjoyed it.  Maybe someday I will look back on this moment and be thankful I participated but I will probably still be pissed that he called me Ellen.



  1. OMG!!! I'm still glad you went and got the recognition, but what an asshat.

  2. Congratulations, that is a huge accomplishment!!!!! Ugh...I would have been irritated too. That actually happened to me....They called me Carrie and slaughtered my last name. That is one of the reasons that I will never give a dime to the alumni association.

  3. So not okay! You'd think they'd get someone who could, like, read and stuff for that job!

  4. I forgot to mention that I know the man who called me Ellen, he taught me three classes and edited my thesis. I talked to him before I went to line up, we know each other.


  5. OH that sucks! Makes me feel a bit better about not walking in mine. What did you get your master's in?

    Congrats anyway, ELENA! Major accomplishment. Especially on top of being a mom. :)