Thursday, October 18, 2007


I got a letter from the BYU Records office yesterday. I get mail from the BYU Alumni Association every damn day asking me to donate or subscribe or support. Which I never do. You'd think that after 7 years of ignoring them, they'd give it up. In this way, Alumni Associations are not unlike nerdy men that keep harassing you even after you've ignored their calls for 3 months.

Anyway, the letter from the Records office intrigued me, and I wracked my brain for who could be asking for my transcripts. So I tore it open to find out.

This is what the letter said, more or less:

Dear Gretchen,

We have your diploma in our vault. It has been there since 2000. Do you want it?

The BYU Records Office

Last week I couldn't have told you where I thought my diploma was, but my best guess would have been under my bed right next to my library science grad school diploma.

In retrospect, I shouldn't have been surprised to learn that I never got my diploma. I didn't go to my graduation ceremony. And really couldn't have cared less about the whole graduation process. I was heading off to grad school in a couple of months, so I didn't see any point of lulling myself into a false sense of having finished school. Therefore, I kept it simple and my undergraduate graduation was one of the most anti-climactic events in my life.

But now my long lost diploma on its way to me, which of course presents the question: What should I do with it? I rather like the idea of framing both of my degrees (as a matched pair, of course) and hanging them in my cubicle. That would lend some much needed gravitas to my cube while simultaneously informing that here resides a Mormon Librarian. How awesome would that be?

Or, Maybe it will just take its foreordained place under my bed with my other degree.


lael said...

Hmm...I'm not sure where my diplomas are, though I think they are stashed away in a bag that is tucked away in a closet or drawer. I didn't go to undergrad or grad graduation. What's the bid deal with all that pomp and circumstance? Anyway, I think you should hang your diplomas for all to see!

Camie said...

I think we should have a graduation party when you receive it.

erin said...

mine are all at home, i think. although, just so you know, they don't actually hand out diplomas at graduation. at least at all three of mine, they didn't. but i do think it's weird that they didn't attempt to mail it or something.

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