Purpled! #VioletPride

On the week of May 15 I got purpled when I graduated Β with my Master of Science from NYU! I went home to New York for graduation week and it was crazy. All the graduation ceremonies and festivities, partying day and night with my friends, and catching up with old faces all in the span of a week made my trip way too short!

I’m a Master of Science!

NYU’s school color is purple, so I decided to embrace my violet pride. I dyed my hair purple once again! Third time’s the charm. πŸ˜‰ Because my gown is a deep purple, I went for a pastel – it didn’t turn out the way I had imagined, but I’m happy with it nonetheless. Most of my hair was bleached with a double-process but unfortunately my hair is too thin to bleach to platinum, which is what you would need to achieve a true pastel color. Also, bleaching roots sounds really painful so I avoided that once again and just dyed it a warm light brown for an ombre.

In my full graduation regalia. I have no idea how to wear my Master’s hood.

I bought those white heels only on the day I got back, and dress I’m wearing is actually my mom’s! I picked it because the dress has a pattern in a similar purple tone. My necklace is deep purple as well, but it’s covered by my yellow Master’s degree hood so the purple is un-pictured, along with my purple earrings and eyeshadow. I really did put a lot of thought into this. Fun fact: I’m also wearing orange lipstick and nail polish to complement colors. πŸ˜‰

That’s enough about fashion, but it was super fun to dress up for graduation, just saying! I don’t have a lot of opportunity to dress up in San Francisco. πŸ˜›

Because NYU is a huge university, throughout the week each school has its own graduation ceremony where you walk across the stage while your name is called, and then on May 17 there is an all-university commencement ceremony at none other than Yankee Stadium, with a lot of music, honorary degree presentations, and celebrations.

My house is two hours away from both ceremonies, though in New York traffic that’s not very far in terms of distance at all. It wasn’t easy to wake up at 6AM each day because my body was still on California time. πŸ™

The School of Engineering had its ceremony early in the week, and it was like any graduation ceremony – honestly I was a little bored and I ended up forgetting my name card as I approached the stage. Luckily, luckily, luckily one of the ushers had an extra card for me! πŸ˜€ Afterwards I took my parents to campus to do my graduation photoshoot. It was incredibly crowded because that day was the eve of all-university commencement and every student and their families seemed to have the same thing in mind, not to mention Washington Square Park is always crowded. I must have been in California for too long because there’s so many people everywhere!

With my parents in front of NYU’s Washington Square Arch.

Meet my parents! Β That’s my dad and my mom with me in front of the famous Washington Square Arch. I’ve never posted photos of them before! Who do you think I look like?

My ladies in engineering.

Some of my fellow classmates posed for photos with me too. I’ve put stickers on everyone’s faces for their privacy (my parents don’t care hehe). If you remember, I took a break in the middle of grad school last year by pushing back my thesis, so I didn’t have classes with the other graduating students. Thus I only know a few of of the women in my degree from social hangouts I organized to get the ladies together in a male-dominated field. They’re mighty awesome engineers!

The Empire State Building got purpled!

It’s a tradition on the eve of commencement for the Empire State building to be lit purple to congratulate NYU’s graduates! My parents and I stayed out really late to see it since it didn’t get dark until close to 9PM. All the streets surrounding our campus were filled with graduates and their families partying. I was so exhausted when I got home, and I had to do it all over again the next day for all-university commencement.

Graduation at Yankee Stadium in the beating sun.

Commencement day didn’t start off too well. I woke up with a scratchy throat and could hardly keep my eyes in the car. I took a nap and felt better by the time we arrived at Yankee Stadium, but I was NOT prepared for the weather. It reached 92Β°F (33Β°C) in the three hours we sat in the sun. New York is notorious for fluctuating weather in the spring. It was only 45Β°F (7Β°C) when I arrived 4 days before.

Full view of graduation from my mom’s seat.

The audience were the lucky ones – they got seats in the shade and a full view of what was going on. Each school in NYU took a glory walk around the baseball field while their respective students cheered on from the stands. I gotta say The School of Engineering had the most energy and were the loudest! Even though I was miserable in the heat – that’s probably why they give us baseball caps to replace our graduation caps – the ceremony was too lively to not feel excited and happy.

Pharrell Williams receiving his degree.

The singer Pharrell was one of the honorary degree candidates and he got his Doctorate in Fine Arts. He was very stoic and not once did he wave at the audience even though he is a celebrity. I’m very impressed. He also gave a speech on equality and women’s rights.

Post commencement!

After commencement my friends and I gathered for photos. Each year my friends attend commencement as a group to support our graduating friends, and I had done that in the previous two years. This year is my year! Our group numbered to almost 40 people including 15ish graduates, and only two of us are Master’s degree graduates.Β 

Post commencement!

It was so hard to get good photos with everyone, but I managed to snag personal photos with a few of them, especially since some friends are going back to Hong Kong / Singapore, one is moving to JAPAN, and the rest are staying in New York. In other words, I won’t be able to see anyone.Β 

Class of 2017!

I couldn’t wear the same dress two days in a row, so here’s my outfit for the commencement (and my friend pretending to be a graduate with my gown). This dress is a peach pattern instead and though it’s less school spirited, I actually like it more. It’s my mom’s too and because I liked it so much she gave it to me! Please ignore my shoes, since I had to change out of my heels to go partying with my friends.

By partying I mean getting ice cream, pigging out on family style dinner, and playing board games!!!

Unfortunately, I did get sicker that afternoon and almost passed out from the heat. I had to make the sad decision of cutting my trip short to have a day to recover for my flight. I spent one more day in the city to catch up and get dinner with friends, even though my body was in a lot of pain. I tried my hardest to make it through the day because I was so happy to just be with my friends. I really really wish I had more time with them. Not just more time on my trip, but more time to get to know them and bond with them. Most my friendships still feel really fresh – between a year to two years – and I miss them lots out here in California.

I’ve been back in San Francisco for two weeks now, and it has not been pretty because I was plagued by coughing fits and still can’t talk without coughing. I also fell down the stairs on my first day back and injured my leg. I’ve spent most of my time in bed apart from job interviews and church, so I entertained myself with Breath of the Wild since I couldn’t do anything else. The game is AMAZING!

I am feeling better now, and finally got around to purpling this blog! The new theme is called Wildberry Lavender and it was designed months ago as a personal celebration of graduation. I’ve tried to make it a more user-friendly design so I’m still designing and coding new features. A few things may be broken here and there, but I hope you enjoy it!

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8 Comments to "Purpled! #VioletPride"

Tara wrote on 10th June 2017 at 1:31 AM

First off I love your new blog theme. The name of the theme is fitting. Love how it’s to show your purple pride. Most importantly, everything is EASY TO READ. My eyes thank you so much for that, haha!

Second off, congratulations on your MS! You worked so hard the past couple of years! You deserve all the honour and partying πŸ˜€ I love how you dyed your hair to coordinate with your gown. It looks fantastic, despite the issues you encountered!

I didn’t know NYU did their graduation like that, to break it up by schools, and then do a big hoo-hah in the Yankee Stadium (that’s really cool!). The Empire State Building being purple is also awesome. I love the camaraderie in NYC πŸ˜€ You look like both of your parents, btw πŸ™‚

It’s good you were able to spend some time with your friends and get a lot of photos together. It sucks that you guys are all dispersing off to different parts of the world, but there’s always the Internet πŸ˜€ Sorry to hear you did get sick, though πŸ™ And oh, my! I hope your leg is doing better! Despite all sickness, I’m glad to see you having a wonderful graduation celebration.


Kya wrote on 13th June 2017 at 1:02 AM

Congratulations! πŸ˜€

It sounds like it was a busy time, but it doesn’t happen every day, so it’s great that you could celebrate (even if the heat was evil). I think it’s so cool that you put a lot of thought into your outfit. The hair looks fantastic! πŸ˜€ Glad to hear that you are feeling better, hope the leg healed too!


Claudine wrote on 14th June 2017 at 2:13 AM

Wow this is so awesome! Congratulations on getting your Masters! All the hard work has paid off, I’m sure! <3 It must be a very proud moment for your parents as well πŸ˜‰

Hope you're feeling so much better now and again, congratulations! πŸ™‚


Pauline wrote on 14th June 2017 at 11:35 AM

I LOVE THIS THEME GIRL. Purple is my favourite colour so seeing this makes me so happy! Also it’s super fitting for your blog post πŸ˜‰

Congratulations on graduating – I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. I’m glad you got to go back home to New York (dang it, timing!!!!!! >.<) to celebrate your years as a student.

I laughed at "I can't wear the same dress twice in a row" HELL YEA GIRL. This is embarrassingly me every day rather than just occasion, oops. I love your dresses on both days, totally envious of your hair – I wish I could be as bold! I'm super boring with my dark hair xD

I'm sorry to hear you were sick, glad you're feeling better though! Get well soon πŸ˜€ That sounds like an awesome game, I'll check it out!



Cat wrote on 18th June 2017 at 2:22 PM

Congrats on getting your Masters degree! That’s an amazing achievement! I like the new color of your hair, and I love that you’re able to wear your mom’s dresses. They look good on you!

My college had the same thing, where each school had their own ceremony and then there was a large one at the end for everyone. (I only went to the one for my school though.) How cool that the all-university one was at Yankee Stadium! That is rough to sit in the sun and hot weather for so long though. I think it’s funny that they gave you guys baseball caps to wear instead. It does help more for the sun at least!

It’s always hard when everyone separates after school. I haven’t seen many of my college friends in years since we live in different places now. I’m glad that the internet makes it easier to keep in touch though (if only I was actually good at keeping in touch…)

I hope you’re feeling better! Also, I love this new theme! It looks great and very clean!

(Btw, I’ve been meaning to go back to your travel entries, so if you see me commenting on old stuff, that’s why, haha.)


Michelle wrote on 19th June 2017 at 9:49 PM

Congrats on graduating! Looks like a great time and in time will be a great memory!


Sue wrote on 20th June 2017 at 12:27 AM

Your new theme is amazing Olivia! Love the big images and centering of the content to a book-like width. The line-height, and readability of the font is great.

Congrats on graduating with an MS. Finally get to see your parents ^_^ Looks like you had a lot of fun celebrating with food and board games. It’s too bad you got sick. I remember you told me about it. Hope you are feeling better these days.

Here’s to continued learning after graduation, and figuring out life stuff like making new friends, keeping in touch with old ones, being involved in your new church, and job hunting.


Brandy wrote on 21st June 2017 at 7:26 PM

I love the new theme!

Congrats on your graduation. I am so happy for you! I also love how the Empire state building glowed purple in honor of the graduation. πŸ™‚


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