So the way things go in final year of vet school, for some of us, you get a job before you even know if you can get a licence to practice veterinary medicine. For myself the timeline was something like this:
October/November – apply for a job
December – write North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE)
February – have job interview, get job
Later in February, or maybe early March – find out I passed NAVLE , which is all I needed to get a licence in Newfoundland.
Late April – find out I passed my finals for 4th year vet school, and have therefore completely my DVM.
May – start working in Newfoundland
June – fly back to Ontario to actually officially graduate from the DVM program.
By the time I convocated, I had already done my first solo orthopaedic surgery. I’m that much of a rockstar ;D (stay tuned for that story. . .)
I’ve been to a lot of convocations. . . I ‘graduated’ from daycare, graduated from elementary school, graduated from high school. . . and I remember at least parts of all those ceremonies. I got all emotional, have lots of memories of good friends, etc. Etc.
When I finished my BSc I went to convocation for that as well. . . and I have some memories. . . but most of my friends weren’t in my program/college, so weren’t at my ceremony, and there were HUNDREDS of students in the ceremony, so it wasn’t really the same. Not so emotional, not so memorable.
Convocation from OVC? Fancy schmancy like my BSc convocation, but intimate and full of friends like my pre-university ceremonies. Best of both worlds!
It was a full day affair – there was the regular ceremony where we got our diplomas. Louise Arbour gave a really great address. It was all very exciting and grown up and final. I had actually done it! I completed my DVM!
And if you’re bored out of your skull, you can even watch the whole thing. Part 1 is about 47 minutes, and you can spot me at about 5:21 if you know who you’re looking for, Louise Arbour’s speech is towards the end. Part 2 is just under 56 minutes, and we get our degrees.
Us DVM students also had an awards ceremony, where all the awards for awesomeness were given out (I didn’t get one. I am comfortable on the bottom of the smart pile.), we all said the Veterinarian’s Oath, and made things EXTRA official. Amazingly, you could watch this as well if you still had oodles of time to kill. Part 1 is a delightful 47 minutes, and Part 2 is 56 minutes. I honestly don’t expect any of you to watch these. . . but now if I feel like revisiting all those motivating speeches, I’ve got the links all in one place! Huzzah! A bunch of veterinary medicine organizations had representatives at this ceremony, telling us things about the real world. Some of us were already elbow deep in the real world before now, but what odds.
After all this, we also had a bit of a social over at the Ramada, with a slide show made by yours truly. Chance to mingle and catch up with our classmates – people you spent a lot of time with over the past 4 years, and are now scattered, or about to be scattered, all over the globe. I actually didn’t stay long at that, because there was also a special supper happening to honour Jean and Colwyn Rich, who were the founders behind a scholarship I received. They received a special recognition at our awards ceremony, and scholarship recipients from across the years gathered for this supper. The scholarship I got through the Rich Foundation was a bit of a life saver (even with it I had 5 part time jobs at one point to make ends meet), so I was very happy to be able to be there for their special night. I even made a speech, on behalf of all the students who had been touched by them, and I’m not a big speech maker. This event was not recorded, so no video here. Sorry. I know you’re disappointed.
And that, my friends, is when I became 100% doctor. Almost 2 years ago now. Yikes!