Tuesday November 30, 2004



  1. Completing the required courses
  2. Finishing my thesis
  3. Receiving comments from all three committee members and making the necessary revisions
  4. Printing out a draft and submitting it for a format review
  5. Fixing the three (minor!) formatting issues that turned up
  6. Printing out two final copies (89 pages each)
  7. Getting ink signatures from all committee members, including two who were out of town, on both copies of the thesis and also on the degree request form
  8. Paying a $25 fee (which includes binding the thesis)
  9. and taking all the various theses, receipts, and forms to the appropriate office

...I have, as of today, satisfied the requirements for the Master's degree.

Woo-hoo!  After handing her the signed degree request form, I asked the administrator in the Linguistics office when I should consider myself to have a Master's degree, and she looked at me blankly for a second, then said, "Um, now."  There'll apparently be some kind of confirmation email in a couple of weeks, followed by a diploma in three to four months.

What's up next for The Tensor, you ask?  I'll probably put my thesis up on the web shortly, after a few formatting tweaks—I'll post a link.  In the longer term, I plan to continue on and get a Ph.D., assuming they'll have me.

Finally, in celebration, I leave you with this quotation from the one and only Darth Vader:

When I left you, I was but a learner.  Now I am the master!

[Update: Oops, I forgot:

  1. Demonstrating the ability to read linguistics literature in a foreign language (French)]

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Posted by: Rachel at Nov 30, 2004 5:53:42 PM


Posted by: Will Duquette at Nov 30, 2004 6:10:39 PM

Congratulations...Enjoy your freedom.

Posted by: Blinger at Nov 30, 2004 8:54:07 PM

*is a lemming* Congratulations! And where's the entry about the done-with-everything party?

Posted by: Andrea at Dec 1, 2004 5:18:38 AM

I join in congratulating you. I recount a somewhat-on-topic story on my blog.


Posted by: Pious Agnostic at Dec 1, 2004 11:11:47 AM

The same from me!

Posted by: language hat at Dec 1, 2004 6:46:26 PM