Most of you know the story. I'm a 40 year old senior at San Francisco State University. I emailed the department chair, asking if she would accept a substitute for an Asian Studies class. She said yes, breaks down my transcript, & sends me a graduation application. Turns out with just two online courses in the summer, I'll have completed my BA in Humanities. Here's how today went. I went home in between work & school to grab my graduation application. I figured I'd leave the paperwork for the chair to sign during her normal business hours, which were not supposed to be today. I go to drop off the papers & she's in there. She signs my paperwork, invites me to the department graduation party, & hard sells graduate school to me. We said our goodbyes & I marched down to the registrar to submit my signed papers. I hadn't checked a box. "Don't you wanna walk?" she asks. I answered that I knew the deadline to apply for the big ceremony was last month. Turns out, I can still walk, but won't have my name in the program. I am class of 2018, this is my graduation ceremony, in FIVE WEEKS!!! I'm still in shock. I'm not big on surprises. I need to plan a grad party quickly! Is a potluck BBQ acceptable? My mom & husband asked if I want it catered. That's just not what I want. I need to get out announcements & find a dress. My school colors are purple & yellow, I'd love to stay in theme. It's unreal & I'm afraid they'll say there's a mistake. Part of me doesn't even want to start planning cuz I'm afraid they'll say it's a mistake. Another part of me is yelling at myself to move move move! Dude, I'm graduating college!!!