Well, ten months (almost exactly) later, I finally got a frame for my diploma. It looks nice. Very official. Guess I really don't have to worry anymore about writing a crummy senior essay and not being allowed to graduate. (Seriously. I have a BA--why is that so hard to internalize? Probably because I still haven't decided whether to go for an MLS, so mentally I'm not done with school yet. Also, my dad has something like 5 degrees and teaches graduate (and post-grad) courses, so that's skewed my perspective. Although he would be horrified to hear me say that. He hates the way the current education system is set up.)
Anyways: frame. For my diploma. Which is no longer in danger of being accidentally squashed.