So, it looks like I will have a shot at getting my PhD after all – the first PhD in my family, really, despite being surrounded by innumerable relatives with Masters degrees. Anyhow, as I was recently notified in an email:
Your Final Doctoral Oral Examination has been scheduled to take place on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM in Room 200 of the Graduate Student Centre (6371 Crescent Road).
Anyone who feels like attending will be welcome, of course.. I have no idea how large the room is, and if you arrive late, you won’t be allowed in, as per UBC regulations. As far as I’m concerned, it’s also bloggable and tweetable – though I’ll be a bit too busy to do it myself. (-;
I have to admit, the scheduling was a pretty tight squeeze – and a huge thanks goes to my supervisor’s administrative assistant for helping arrange it. Without her help, I wouldn’t have been able to defend till sometime next year. No names mentioned here, of course, but I will be proposing naming my daughter after her.
I’ll also be thanking CLCbio for their help as well, but it’s a bit premature for that. And, I don’t think the Danish government name registration agency would allow me to name a child after them anyhow.
(As a closing remark, my long standing self imposed condition was that I had to get the thesis done before Robert Jordan’s (and now Brandon Sanderson’s) The Wheel of Time series was completed… the final book of which is now due to hit the stores January 2013. For a series of books I started reading 20 years ago, I have to admit, I’m cutting it a LOT closer than I expected.)