Guess what this is:
Dichiarazione di Valore.
Guess when I got it:
On the last possible day.
Today, I graduate. (I hope- I’ll find out if they call my name at 7 pm tonight). That means today is the last possible day that I could demonstrate to the university in Rome that I had, in fact, obtained a four-year degree from an American university.
If you want to attend a graduate school in Italy, you need to verify your bachelors degree (and possibly your high school diploma). They give you a declaration of equal value- a dichiarazione di valore. If, for some reason, you want to know about how to get a dichiarazione di valore, I wrote about it before I moved to Rome.
Actually getting to the point where I could hold this mythical document in my hands was a two year odyssey.
The school has been asking me for months to provide the registrar with the original copy of the DV.
I hounded the consulate in Los Angeles, who after several emails and several phone calls from my mother, finally responded to let me know they had sent the DV to the school in May 2010.
Guess where I finally found the DV?
In the REGISTRAR’S OFFICE.
The people that threatened not to pass me because I had not provided proper documents, had the documents in their files the entire time.
In fact, as soon as she opened the file that I insisted she check, there was my name with a note:
Natalie- DV O.K.