Queen's University Belfast puts on a good show, it has to be said. The marquees were set up in the courtyard at the back of the Lanyon Building and it was a great setting for the old strawberries and what-have-you. Even better when they send you the tickets for the after-graduation lawn party by mistake, free of charge.
I didn't attend the ceremony, as tickets were limited. But then again, I've seen enough graduation ceremonies to do me - usually when stiflingly hot, all robed up on the platform. I got myself a dander around Queen's instead. Just next door are the lovely Botanic Gardens, with a seriously impressive glass house:
The Lanyon Building from the side - it was the party sitting on the wall that caught my eye, but I wasn't really close enough to them to make them stand out. I had the rangefinder with me, with a 21mm lens which is, as you know, on the wide side and I didn't want to scare them by getting too close:
Before and after shots outside the Whitla Hall, where the ceremony took place:
As yes, there was some finery on show that day - it was a good excuse to get dressed up. And we were lucky with the weather - no rain and the sun actually shone for a while. Amazing.