|hooded, doffed and awarded.|
That's my husband in the blue robe with the fur-trimmed hood, officially being made a Doctor of Engineering. Three years of hard work, and long hours researching, two further of writing up and corrections, stress and worry and doubt, validated. I could not be more proud. I am off the scale proud.
|from the Program of Proceedings|
Dave's mum and grandfather attended with me, both bursting with pride, and his mum's partner was there beforehand and for the receptions afterwards. I had tears in my eyes as Dave walked across the stage, knowing he had the award he deserved and that it was DONE.
|David Allan Hughes, Doctor of Engineering|
After a few photos (it was, sadly, dark by the time Dave's 3 o'clock grad finished)...
|Dave's mum, his grandfather, and Dr Hughes himself.|
|A celebratory drink|
|A bit pleased...|
...and a few drinks,we went for a really lovely meal at the City Merchant, where we were joined by more family members. There was delicious food, whisky shaped gifts for Dave, speeches of pride and congratulations from Dave's grandfather, and rather touchingly, one in praise of me from Dave's mum.
|Family meal, relaxed Dave!!|
Afterwards, the grown-ups left to go home, and the after-party began. At Dave's favourite pub gathered the majority of our favourite people, and lots of fun and banter, and drinks, and ill-advised shots were had.
|Hamlet or beard stroking - you decide (Dave and his brother Dan)|
|Dave holding court with the other Very Clever Scientists|
|Kind of sums up the whole day. :)|
After a long and emotional day, we went home, via a takeaway as it seems a doctorate doesn't mean your drunken cravings for pakora go away...
|Dan wanted a photo of Dave 'being awesome'. Dave looks |
impressively sober. He is really, really not.
I would rather like, though I have said it many times since yesterday, to say congratulations again to my extremely clever, dedicated and hardworking husband. I KNEW you could do it and I am very, very proud of you.
|Dr and Mrs Dave Hughes EngD. (WOOHOOO!)|
Lots of love
Mrs Dr Dave Hughes :)