Vi’s View: This Year’s Commencement

Viyang Hao
Viyang Hao, the first dedicated student writer for Stony Brook Matters. Catch her experiences each month in Vi’s View.

This past Commencement felt different.

When I first entered Stony Brook, graduation seemed like a distant dream, almost an abstract concept. The thought of finishing my degree and stepping into the real world was something I knew would happen eventually, but it felt far off. However, as the semesters fly by and the number of completed credits inch closer to the required total, that once-distant future is coming into focus. 

Graduation is a bittersweet milestone. It marks the end of an era — the culmination of years of late-night study sessions, endless cups of coffee (and energy drinks) and unforgettable moments. The ceremony is a moment of triumph, but it also brings about a time of transition. It’s the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new, often uncertain, one.

As I watched several of my friends graduate, I wished they could wait to graduate until I finish two years from now. While the confetti cannons blasted away, I hugged my friends tightly, congratulated them, and went on with my day. I hope that once it’s my time to graduate, I’m not sniffling throughout Commencement because I’m tearful, but because of the pollen. 

Take a look here at some of the photos I took at Commencement.

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