Up until last fall, I was under the impression as a registered student in Cornell University’s class of 2012 I would just show up on graduation day, some important person would tell me where they needed me, and then I’d walk up, get my diploma and celebrate for successfully graduating from college! Unfortunately, a good friend of mine was a senior last year and informed me that she was filling out her application to graduate. My idyllic dream bubble was shattered: “wait a second, I have to apply to graduate?”
Yes, my friends, any senior at Cornell must fill out the 2-part application to graduate. Part 1 entails submitting a form online which shows your general distribution requirements. By submitting this form, you agree to successfully complete all general distribution requirements before you are allowed to graduate. Part 2 of the form requires your advisor(s)’s signature saying you have successfully completed all of your major requirements! I am meeting with one of my advisors today so I can finish my application to graduate! After this semester I will have completed all requirements necessary for both my distribution requirements and my major requirements! I guess that’s the point when I will begin truly dwelling on the bigger question: Now what?