When I left college in 1990, I was 3 credits short of graduating. It wasn't until 2005, when my college wanted to give me an alumnus award for all I had done for the school's film/TV department, that they learned I never actually graduated!
I was close to silver when I left 6 years ago. I guess I just like to keep up the suspense.
As I've grown 6 years older, silver is much more appropriate.