I just finished grading and recording the third of five major piles I need to do before the end of finals. And I finished this one over a half an hour before I need to go hand them back!
We should get to take a victory lap around the department with our hands raised and everyone else cheering when we finish a pile. Think of the ends of bike races, when the stage winner raises his or her hands as s/he crosses the line. We should be able to do that.
And then we're on to the next stage or the next pile.
I've got a class to meet with shortly, and will get a small stack from them, and then a meeting this afternoon, and another meeting tomorrow, and then it's all down to the grading. At the end, or maybe even before, if the weekend weather is good, I'll take a bit of a lap around my yard and pull some weeds. Maybe I'll get on my bike again and go for a nice, easy ride. There will be celebration involved, though it will probably be a bit more sedate than my students' celebrations.
Still and all, a fair number from one class should be graduating soon, and I hope they'll feel that walking across the stage is a sort of victory lap.
Happy end of the semester!