How-To Wear Your Graduation Tam

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5-Steps to Properly Wearing Your College Tam for Graduation & a few more steps towards ensuring you’re wearing the right one.

You’re probably thinking to yourself “Do i really need instructions for how to put on a hat”. Yes, we think you do despite the graduation tam being a mark of higher education. Not just higher education, but higher the level of education where less than 12% of people in the US have attained it. Simply put, it’s for those who have graduated with a masters or a doctoral degree. The fancier the degree the fancier the hat. But do note that this article contains more information … Continue Reading

School Fundraisers 103: Fun and Creative Fundraising Ideas

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School Fundraisers 103: Fun and Creative Fundraising Ideas

The helpful Graduation Source eBook “Fundraising for Your School: How to Raise Funds for the Best Graduation Ceremony Possible” contains a detailed and helpful chapter on events and ideas for the fundraiser. Since we are especially fond of Graduation Ceremonies, we have a tendency to recommend combining the fundraising experience with the commencement. Of course, there’s no reason that these ideas can’t be used separately from graduation. Here’s a snippet of the chapter entitled “Fundraising Ideas”:

Fundraising Ideas
1. Have a Raffle!

Raffles are one of the most popular fundraisers that a school can select. … Continue Reading

School Fundraisers 102: Laying the Groundwork

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School Fundraising 102: Laying the Groundwork

The helpful Graduation Source eBook “Fundraising for Your School: How to Raise Funds for the Best Graduation Ceremony Possible” contains a chapter entitled “Laying the Groundwork” that gives tips on the targets of planning, how to get parents involved, and how to establish an important cause. Here’s a snippet of the chapter entitled “Laying the Groundwork”:

Laying the Groundwork
1. The Objectives/ Targets of Your Planning

You need to know what you are raising funds for and also how much money you need. Your objective is what you are raising funds for, and your target is how much … Continue Reading

Graduation Planning 108: Steps for Holding a Graduation Rehearsal

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Part 8 of 8 – The Essential Graduation Survival Guide
Get Ready for You Graduation Rehearsal

You’ve probably heard of the old saying, “practice makes perfect.” We highly recommend that you hold a graduation rehearsal, not only for the students but for the graduation committee, administration, teachers, and staff as well. This will help let everyone be aware of what is expected of them for graduation day.

Students are likely to be a combination of excited, nervous and even a bit emotional about graduating. Holding a rehearsal is also quite useful is calming some of these feelings, as they can see what will … Continue Reading

How-To Wear Your Honor Stole – Graduation Stole Instructions

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5-Steps to Properly Wearing Your Honor Stole for Graduation & a few more steps towards ensuring it looks great when you do.

Traditionally, Just like with the honor cords, you must have aced your tests all year long to have earned this mark of distinction.  The graduation honor stole is what it describes in its name, it’s a piece of regalia meant to show that you are an honor student. From time to time schools do give out stoles to everyone as a matter of making the whole graduation outfit more impressive, although most will still do something a little extra for the … Continue Reading

School Fundraisers 101: Understanding Fundraisers

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School Fundraising 101: Understanding Fundraisers

Understanding School Fundraisers

Fundraising is a process that many schools and other organizations avail to solicit the voluntary contribution of resources that will help them achieve important internal goals. A fundraiser could provide the financial foundations for a school to upgrade their technology, purchase new equipment, or install more reliable security systems for the purpose of keeping students safe. Some educational organizations even run fundraisers to provide extra programs for their students that the formal budget doesn’t cover. When it comes to hosting a successful fundraiser, there are three essential questions that must be considered:

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Graduation Planning 107: How to Select Your Graduation Music and Who to Involve

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Part 7 of 8 – The Essential Graduation Survival Guide
Fill Your Graduation Ceremony with Music

Music has the ability to keep a graduation crowd enthusiastic and to raise school spirit. It’s important to organize and plan the graduation music properly. Here are some tips to prepare music for this eventful and momentous day!

Choose a DJ or the School Band

The graduation coordinator and the committee handling the songs and music should decide whether they would rent an event DJ or have the school band play at the ceremony. Some schools might have both, depending on your song selection and what you are … Continue Reading

Graduation Planning 106: Important Notes on Arranging the Graduation Venue

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Part 6 of 8 – The Essential Graduation Survival Guide
Notes on Arranging Your Graduation Venue

Every graduation coordinator wants the graduation venue to look terrific. In order to do that you’ll need to take several things into consideration. Here are some helpful tips you’ll want to keep on hand as you run through the location.  

Display the School Logo and Symbol

Just about every school has its own logo or symbol. This school logo should be proudly displayed during the graduation ceremony, to encourage school spirit. The graduation coordinator and decorators should place the school logo and/or mascot image around the venue … Continue Reading

How-To Wear Your Doctoral Gown – Graduation Gown Instructions

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5-Steps to Properly Wearing Your Doctoral & a few more steps towards ensuring it looks great when you do.

Going to school for as many years as you did is a serious accomplishment. You took years of your life to perfect and hone your skills and now you’re at the top of the education ladder. When you put on your doctoral gown, wear it with pride knowing that school is over and you have achieved something less than 3% of the population has. Knowing all that, it’s important that you look good on your big day.

Doctoral Graduation Gown Instructions

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Graduation Planning 105: How to Craft Your Official Graduation Program

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Part 5 of 8 – The Essential Graduation Survival Guide
Crafting Your Official Graduation Program 

 

We highly recommend that you have 2 versions of your Graduation Ceremony Program. One that will be passed out for students and parents to enjoy and save as a keepsake for the occasion. The other that you will use as a ‘behind the scenes” master to ensure that your event runs as smooth as silk.

 

As graduation coordinator, you have probably started thinking about your programs already. Find a volunteer to help you with the programs, a school secretary or someone who is very good with details is … Continue Reading