Spanish College graduation ceremony - What does it consist on? Outfit + hairdo

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Architecture graduation ceremony à la Spanish. We talked graduation and prom outfits before in this post, but this is the real deal: what I wore to our 2012-2017 Architecture School of Valencia graduation ceremony, how it felt and what was the whole evening like! First of all, I can't believe it's been almost a week since the whole thing and I'm already at Firenze, Italy with almost half of my luggage to unpack, two boxes to hit the mail and lots of sightseeing to do!

So, last Friday evening we, more than 200 Architecture students, relatives and professors gathered in the Palacio de Congresos of Valencia (built by architect Norman Foster) very early in the afternoon (and when I say early, I mean "early for an Spanish gathering of people". With these warm temperatures in all the Mediterranean coast, we are all night owls who like to convene very late!) for a graduation ceremony which had both its institutional and more serious side; and the other way round which had us laughing and enjoying to no end. For what I've heard from friends at other Universities and Faculties, graduations in Spain basically consist in reuniting all the students on a hall, listen to a couple of speeches (we even had some videos played in ours!) and then call us one by one to stage to put on our shoulders the beca (which translates directly as "scholarship" but it's actually a kind of sash which color depends on the field or studies you take) to finally reunite with our relatives to take pictures, meet our friends' families and head to dinner all together to celebrate and party.

It was very moving and special to share with all of them this evening, and let everyone on that hall know that every project we've worked hard on has a bit of their soul, for accompanying and holding us during this journey. Then, we headed to dinner and had lots of fun dancing, catching up with those who left this year for their abroad year and basically enjoying the night with our friends and classmates.

And, moving on to the outfit part! I had a couple of graduation gowns at home I actually planned on wearing. I was very undecided for months, and when I finally cleared my mind about which one I was about to wear, this gorgeous blue gown (is it actually blue? Blue and orange? Multicolored? I don't have a clue) appeared right in front of my eyes on a random Summer sales' afternoon out (I didn't even started my Summer internship yet!) all put together beautifully in a mannequin. I runned towards it. Like, literally running. At the mall. Like a crazy thing. I knew I was looking for something different, not too crazy or showy, nor revealing; but something that depicted as much as possible the kind of woman I am, and who I want to be in the near future. My ideal dress didn't have any shape nor particular color until that moment. I wanted something both as unique and special as playful, fun and classy. My dress needed to be an statement of intents of all sorts, and I think I made it!

To top off this graduation outfit à la Spanish, I needed accessories worth the dress' style and an appropriate hair updo which fitted the event and the whole look. The prom-inspired hairdo I'm sporting came from this Instagram video from Heather Chapman's profile, and was beautifully and patiently crafted by my mum (although some hair pulling and tangles were made, I must confess). The ah-mazing tassel earrings came from Emokë Diseños, who handcrafted these unique soutache earrings according to my preferences, and who kindly lets you customize and take care of all the colors, sizes and details. I also wore her designs here. No comment on the makeup, I just did my regular day-to-day cat eyeliner with a blue pop of color on the lower lash line and put some (Well, OK. Actually, TONS of) signature red lipstick.

And that's all folks! What's like a graduation ceremony where you come from? How was your graduation/prom day? What did you wear? I want to know it all :)

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(Some pictures were taken from the Etsa-upv fanpage)

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I was wearing:

GEOX shoes
V&L leather pouch

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4 comentarios

  1. What a neat experience! You look beautiful!

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  2. Belleza de vestido ! me encantó, felicidades que este sea uno de tus primeros triunfos:)

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  3. Looks great, love this sharing so much, thanks!

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Hi! I'm Amanda, from Valencia (Spain).

I like all things vintage and classy. I study Architecture and I'm an epée fencer.



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