5 Tips to Ease the Stress of High School Graduation Day

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5 Tips to Ease the Stress of High School Graduation Day

High school graduation doesn’t have to be stressful, but last-minute responsibilities can easily pile up on the big day. Below, we share five stress tips that will allow you to relax and enjoy commencement to the fullest.

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Don’t Stress About Your Hair!

Everyone wants to look their best for high school graduation day, but your hair should be a low priority. Remember that your hair will mostly be hidden underneath a large cap. Any fancy hairstyle that you get will probably be squashed under the cap. Instead of stressing about your hair, just try the cap on in the mirror and do minimal styling around it.

5 Tips to Ease the Stress of High School Graduation Day

Wear Comfortable Shoes

If your graduating class contains a few hundred students, the commencement ceremony will likely take hours to complete. A lot of that time will be spent in line, so make sure to wear comfy and breathable footwear. New shoes are generally a bad idea because you haven’t broken them in yet, so they’ll put more strain on your feet. Moreover, your graduation gown will probably cover your shoes. If you have a fancy pair that you want to wear at the reception, leave them with a family member. You can collect the fancy shoes after the ceremony and switch them out when it actually matters.

5 Tips to Ease the Stress of High School Graduation Day

Plan Ahead with Family

Your high school graduation is likely just as important for your parents, grandparents, and other close family members. They want to make travel plans at least a couple months in advance. Talk to your family as soon as graduation day is announced, and reserve tickets for everyone who plans to attend. Then, choose a meeting place where you can all get together after the ceremony. This will allow everyone to take photos in the same place, offer congratulations, and then caravan to the afterparty.

5 Tips to Ease the Stress of High School Graduation Day

Keep Your Phone Charged and Take Plenty of Photos

These days, it’s easy to keep a high-quality camera on you at all times. The latest smartphones have powerful cameras that can take 4K videos, panoramas, and more. Make sure to fully charge your phone before the ceremony. The last thing you want is to get caught off guard with a drained battery. You won’t need to shoot many photos during the event, but take a bunch before and after commencement! To reduce your stress, you can ask a family member to shoot photos throughout the ceremony as well.

5 Tips to Ease the Stress of High School Graduation Day

Relax and Enjoy the Moment

Ultimately, these stress tips won’t matter if you’re not making a conscious effort to relax and appreciate your big day. Take a deep breath, smile, and be proud of your academic achievements thus far. Before you know it, the day will flash by and life will go on. High school graduation day only happens once, so enjoy it!


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At GraduationSource, we believe that high school stress shouldn’t get in the way of your commencement ceremony. Visit our blog for more educational resources and tips for graduation day.

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