The Convocation Day

It was the day of rehearsals when all students were given the robes and graduation caps for the convocation day. Out of excitement, I hastily wore the graduation cap on the way back home from rehearsals and if I could, I would have slept in the same robe all night like a baby.

Early morning next day finally the long foreseen sun rose. I put my favorite navy blue shirt and some make up on, thinking to myself ‘I must look good in the grad photo shoot!’ And then I got dressed in the robe that I had ironed last night just to be well prepared in advance.

Nails… done!

Heels… done!

Hair… done!

Earrings… done!

A matching ring… done!

Breakfast… ‘Is waiting for you’, said mom standing right there watching me with affection while I was only making sure of all the stuff to be done. Of course it was a big day not just for me but for my parents as well.

Though I was quiet conscious of my grad cap which seemed to fall off slipping through my silky hair. With all things done now I was ready to leave for my convocation with my parents as honorable guests. Fortunately, we reached on time and took some family photos before entering the hall. The ceremony started off with congratulating remarks for all the graduates and just like that degrees were being distributed to one after another student on the call of their names. My batch was the last in row so I waited for my turn happily watching others receive their degrees and walking past the stage.

In no time at all, as it seemed to tick by so quickly, I was standing right next to the stage waiting to hear my name being announced. My face was towards the stage now, watching the girl before me posing for snaps, I had to go by stair case of three steps to reach the right spot on stage to receive my degree. ‘I hope my grad cap does not fall off while I walk up the stage’ I thought to myself with my heart beating fast.

And here it comes… ‘Habiba Tariq!’ echoing through the hall aloud.

With a full smile on my lips, I took a step forward on the staircase and then the other. Suddenly, I realized my right shoe slipped off on the first step and I was left with one shoe standing startled in the mid of staircase. At this moment I could feel myself blushing just as I realized that hundreds of people in this hall are eyeing me and many applauding, too, for my achievement. Within a moment I heard a kind voice coming from the chief guests telling me ‘It’s okay! Come on’.

Fortunately, I was able to keep a smile and deal with the moment confidently as I stepped back, grabbed my shoe and approached the stage once again rising high in the heels. The chief guests politely took the pressure off me with congratulating remarks and assuring me that I will always remember this moment in my life, I agreed. Proudly, I received my degree and looked in the cameras flashing at me, all at once. I enjoyed this amazing moment very much almost forgetting the blunder I just made coming up at stage.

‘Thank you so much’, I addressed the gentleman chief guest who handed me my degree. Now I almost begun to slowly walk away when he stopped me asking ‘Was it yours or mom’s?’ I took a pause trying to understanding what is he asking while he softly spoke again saying ‘the shoe, dear’. It was unexpected to hear this from the chief guest on my convocation right after receiving my degree. Feeling the humor in his tone I laughingly said ‘Sir, it was mine!’ At this moment, both the chief guests laughed positively and wished me best regards for my future.

I thanked them once again and walked past the stage waving happily at my parents sitting in the large audience. Getting off the stage I approached another camera waiting for a portrait to be taken officially, I smiled in the camera once more out of joy!

I was back on my seat watching rest of the students enjoying their moments of achievement. Shortly, the ceremony was called off and all proceeded towards tea. After some group photographs I hugged my parents while jumping with joy. On asking them if they noticed my shoe slipped off, they frankly said that they thought as if I picked something that might have fallen off my hand. Luckily, the staircase approaching the stage was fully covered behind the interior decoration, no one except the two chief guests and the fellow right behind me waiting for his turn saw what actually fell off.

It was yet another round of laughter, this time with mom and dad, speaking of the blunder I made while reaching stage. I am glad no one noticed much about it, of course there would be a lot going on in everyone’s mind other than my missing shoe! Hahaha…

Long awaited day came to an end gathering some more memories for lifetime and achieving some more to be proud of. All the credit goes to my parents for supporting me in every little step of my life and education, I claim my achievement as an award to them!

Cheers! I am a Graduate! 🙂


102 thoughts on “The Convocation Day

  1. Congratulations on your Graduation Habiba.
    I like the incident of shoe which u have written ,beautifull portraid.It will always remain a glorious day of your life.God bless u always.

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  2. Congratulations to your graduation! What a fun story about your shoe. You showed such confidence with a smile and didn’t let it spoil your day. People are understanding, if we don’t make a big deal, they won’t make a fuss. I’m sure you’ll have the same confidence to face whatever come in your way. Very proud of you. Your writing shows a vivid picture of the scene. Great writing! Keep your post coming my way. I love to read it. Now I’ll click follow. Hope you’ll follow to read more of my stories!

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    1. Thanks a lot!
      You’re right. It could have been a mishap of I made it with my attitude but thankfully I managed a good cover up and rather made it a joyful memory for myself.
      I have visited and followed your site too, it is interesting !

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  3. Congratulations for becoming a graduate. 🙂
    Awkward and clumsy moments like this would be cherished forever. The question your chief guest threw at you was really a surprise. I am glad your cap didn’t fell off. 😀
    But anyhow, what matters is you got graduate, so cheers to that. 🙂

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        1. Energy over load! 😄
          That ability is a gift my friend.
          I find myself embarrassing myself even more at situations like these.
          But i managed to cover it somehow at the convocation event.

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        2. lol! over over over load….
          see that’s your mind playing tricks on you…

          you gotta play it kool and never feel embarrassed..

          at like what you did just never happened… I know it’s easier said then done but it works…

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        3. Thats interesting… because i am at a point of my life where i am even losing faith in what i already had. I do not know what is goes by, kismet the say. Whatever it is.. it shall too pass.

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        4. Trust me I do sometimes to… but don’t forget it’s natural because we are human. Don’t beat yourself up. Smile just one time and keep that chin up. I have faith in you even though I am a stranger. we will make it!👍👍👍👍😄😄😄😄

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        5. You should be a therapist! I agree on that. But at times the stage of life gets going too fast that one forgets to take a deep breath.
          Thank you for the kind words stranger! 😂
          Yes we will make it for sure one day.

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        6. No I definitely wouldn’t be a good therapist… The nude rate would be sky hight… and it already is… but I just now noticed the therapist… broken up is (The-rapist….) That’s fucked up….

          life moves to damn fast… yoooo damn fast… it’s like.. how can you and when do you start to enjoy it… I don’t no…

          bUT this stranger won’t hold ya up… lol!
          have a great night or day or morning or afternoon or whatever. just stay kool✌

          If ever you want to chat Holla at me stranger. lol✋

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        7. It’s 5pm here…. everyones going nuts and nobody gives a fuck… I’m in my 30s and the generation below me is… I cant even discribe it…. Smh…. but even when I was young I still was thinking far beyond my years…

          your up early.. you must have alot on your mind…


        8. I like how these words rhyme making perfect sense to me… going nuts and not giving a fuck. Lol!
          Generations change! And it usually is hard to understand the difference fully. That is lucky for your that you were a step ahead then your age.. always good for dealing with real life.

          I am up so late, even i do not know why! 😂

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        9. Oh shit! hahaha… damn! I did ryme…. Krazy even when I not trying to ryme I can ryme…

          that’s wild and I just noticed that…. I gotta tell my The-rapist about this.. lol!

          oh you have no idea… I was 40 at 14… lol! I lie to you not. that’s another reason why I didn’t get along with no one in my age bracket. yes my step where up there☝

          oh you know why but it’s kool if you want to keep it to yourself. Everything isn’t for the enternet right…

          hope your having a good day by the way.👍😊


        10. Hahaha… if i may ask what made you 40 at 14?
          Sure everything is not for the internet and every time you dont feel like mentioning it at all.
          It is partially cloudy here… pleasant it is.

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        11. Well you no… It’s a long story… And it’s not for the enternet you no. And you really would want to hear it. trust me …

          well its 19 degrees over were I am and lightly snowing… I love cold and the winter though so I’m golden.😄

          it’s 449 am here.

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        12. I’m from U.S.A… Baltimore city Maryland….

          The only thing pritty here is the is when the traffic lite says go…

          it fucked all the way up over here… but that’s a whole nother story with in a story…

          non the less I still love the winter.
          thsnks for the best wishes and the same on your side… Where you from?


        13. Haha.. it really is nice. People love the seasons changing over the year and weather is never too bad. Islamabad is known to be among the top list of most beautiful capitals.
          I would love to travel the world but i would never want to leave my city permanently. Too beautiful to leave it forever.
          You should visit sometime and explore Pakistani beauty around here.. my country has a lot to offer to the foreigners indeed. North is breathtakingly beautiful.

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        14. awh man I wanna goo!😟… Maybe one day…

          top 10 huh! Niceee!

          yes! that’s one of the things I definitely would love to do… Travel everywhere but unfortunately I’m not rich… lol!

          But if I had the chance I would have been gone a very long time ago..

          I’m tellin ya… it’s getting worst and worst hear… but I won’t go into politics or other bullshit…

          I got my own situation to deal with ya no….

          Pakistan……. Fucking amazing!


        15. Haha.. i understand what you feel. I am not rich either. And travelling the world is one dream i have and would grab any opportunity to get it going.
          Politics, no matter what country you are talking about, is always full of shit.

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        16. Naw I think I’m over that sailed ship… people now or days are to selfish.. soo… I rather be safe then sorry and down as fuck… ya know!

          as of you….

          that’s comming your way real soon… So when you get that special feeling. go with your instincts and if it’s good don’t ignore it…
          Try it!

          your to much of a catch not to be noticed by someone real… trust me lady!👌


        17. Sometimes you think different then whats actually coming your way. You never know what you are gonna do the next moment.
          I will see when i het that special feeling and what its like. But i think i am not eagerly waiting for it at the moment. I am taking my time… no hurries! Also i believe it is not easy to find the like minded person just as you think you would. You got it righton people are selfish and i wanna add to it that there’s more fraud then true feelings at all.
          What makes you say that and believe it so well? You are only buttering!

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        18. Well I don’t no what buttering means and it makes me think of pankakes…

          but I hear you…

          well when you get my age.. it’s like you try to believe and put your all into someone… even when you no its bullshit. so you become walked over and unthought of until they want something from you… and more…

          yes I do believe in pations and true love… Don’t get me rong… but like you said… its hard to find like minded people who show you they genuinely care for you. to the point that you don’t even have to question it….

          but I’m just fed up with the same old same old… So I’m done…


        19. Lol.. pancakes make more sense right now.
          We are talking here too real shit about life… though i understand and agree with what you are saying. One not only gets fed up but also lose energy in putting efforts or taking out a moment anymore.

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        20. Ya that energy and effort is in a body bag… life goes on! And I rather put my good use to work on helping out people that really need it… weather it’s volunteering at a shelter or just looking out for people who will really appreciate and acknowledge me as a man of honor and a big heart… I’ll be good…

          I’ll just shave my head and become a Monk…. lol

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        21. no… honestly I don’t do social media… I only have like… email and whatsapp… ummm!

          but if you want to see my home town… you can Google it… but they will cover up the slums and the hoods to make the out of towners want to visit and spend money…

          and not to show the killings, poverty and suffering my people go through on a day to day….

          it’s really really fucked up over here….😟

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        22. I see.. no problem. Actually i did Google and i wanted to explore more because i got tje feeling there must be more to it.
          I am sorry to know that. I hope it gets better with these issues. Poverty, crime and suffering exist everywhere ranging on different levels.

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        23. You are certainly right… but I just hate the cover ups… instead of being helped ya no… And it’s kool you don’t have to be sorry.. I’m use to it.. but I appreciate your genuine sympathy.😊


        24. Hmm cover ups do suck.
          Here in my country, things are worse then one can imagine. It is a backward society and we face gender inequality along with issues like poverty, unemployment, rape cases, killings etc. It is heart wrenching to look in the eye of reality. But yet we are living with it and constantly trying to make things better at our end.

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        25. All we can do is make the best of it… reality to me is painful yet soothing… up and down… wisdom yet sarrow… you just have to learn how to adapt… that’s all… there will be better days and your conversation is so appreciated… I mean that from the bottom!

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