We went to the small graduation ceremony that was just for the history department, and it was perfect.
They had little things to say about each of us (Apparently, I am tough on professors and ask really intelligent questions - but don't take my word on it; ask my professors), and the whole thing was really sweet.
Being a transfer student I have felt that I was actually closer to my professors than I was to any of my fellow students. I was really blessed to have some solid, extremely intelligent men and women to learn from. In the 18 months that I went to UNCW I kept taking classes from the same professors because they were just really great.
I talked to each one individually for at different times different reasons and they all listened well and encouraged me in my process. They believed in me, and I felt that. They helped me accomplish this.
It was bittersweet when I accepted my non-diploma-"congratulations-from-the-history-department"-paper. They were all there - the people who had impacted me so greatly in such a short amount of time. They are all so dear to me, and I'll never forget them.