Phil and I with my diploma after the ceremony.
And yes, that cord around my neck signifies that I have received honors with distinction! I'm not really sure how that happened, but I've decided that now that they have announced it, gave me a card that says so, and a cord, I'm taking it and not looking back! It was a great surprise and I'm super proud of myself either way.
I now have a bachelor's (technically in January) in Social Science with a concentration in Education. It has been a fun trip in Iowa for the graduation, but it will also be great to be back home and in my own bed.