And I received proof of it today.
When I arrived home from work there was a solitary flat package waiting for me at my front door. I’d ordered something earlier in the day, but there was no way that could have arrived. So I wondered what it could be that had been delivered. Then I saw the return address and I knew what it contained. It was my actual, honest to god, diploma! Telling me (and anyone who ever cares to read the soon be framed parchment) that I did infact graduate from UMUC with a Bachelor of Science.
Sappy me did have a moment where the tears welled up in my eyes. It was visual proof that I had done it. It was final word that I really was done with that chapter of my life and could now pursue other things both trivial and monumentous if I so chose.
Now back to the fullfillment of the next big dream (or nightmare as some friends would tell me) – home ownership. That commencement should be on August 1- if all goes well. Keep those fingers and toes crossed that acquistion of this next one goes without a hitch.