10 Weirdest Graduation Speaker Choices

Jesse Alexander Fun Facts, Graduation

Graduation speeches are usually uplifting, funny, and heartfelt, but some of the most memorable speakers take the format in a different direction. Below, we’ve shared 10 weird graduation commencement speeches that broke the mold and gave students plenty to ponder. Iconic children’s author Theodor Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) was invited to give a commencement speech and accept an honorary degree …

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College Graduate Online Portfolio Tips

Jesse Alexander For Students, Graduation

In this handy guide, we’ve shared four online portfolio tips for recent graduates who need more exposure in the job market. Hiring managers are always looking for new talent, but they want to hire a self-starter with some experience under their belt. However, if your resume feels a little sparse, you can still garner interest with a strong portfolio and …

What is the Difference Between a Graduation and Commencement Ceremony?

Jesse Alexander Fun Facts, Graduation

In this practical guide, we’ve broken down the definition of “graduation” and “commencement”, and outlined how the terms differ in a few essential ways. Often thought to be interchangeable, graduation and commencement actually refer to distinct periods in the academic timeline.  We tend to use the word “graduation” to describe the day when you receive your diploma, but this is …

What to Write in a Graduation Card to Your Graduating Students

Jesse Alexander For Students, Graduation, How To

There’s nothing quite like having a mentor, especially when you’re a bright-eyed student looking for guidance. On graduation day, teachers may want to write a congratulatory card for a few standout students (or the entire class), with a custom message inside that encourages their future growth. Below, we’ve shared a few graduation card messages that teachers can impart to their …


5 Unique Graduation Commencement Venues

Tara Albi For Educators, Fun Facts, Graduation

In this fun guide, we’ve listed 5 of the best outdoor college commencement venues, found on the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. These aren’t necessarily the highest ranked schools in the country (although many of them are excellent), but they deserve a special mention for such spectacular scenery, and some of the best graduation ceremonies. Hidden in …

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5 School Fundraising Ideas for the Holidays

Kristoff Albanese For Educators, Graduation, How To

In this guide, we’ve outlined five holiday school fundraiser ideas that you can use to raise money for important programs and local charities. Holiday season is a time to get festive, feel thankful, and help those in need. These fundraising ideas are a wonderful way to teach students the value of service and selflessness. First, you can bring the community …

The Color Code of Graduation Stoles

Ana Ribeiro For Educators, For Students, Fun Facts, Graduation

Graduation stole colors can have a variety of meanings, such as the academic department, degree level, and other student honors. In this guide, we’ve shared the origins of graduation color coding, why it’s important, and what you should know before donning a stole. Worn around the neck like a draped scarf, an academic stole (or sash) adds color to your …

How to Plan a Sensational Graduation Ceremony

Susan Simmons For Educators, Graduation, How To

There are a few benchmark moments in life that deserve the royal treatment. High school and college graduation fit into that category, without a doubt. Graduation is a time to celebrate, reflect, and reunite with the people who matter most. It’s a special day to honor past accomplishments, share memories with friends, and let loose. In that spirit, we’ve shared …

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Graduation Caps: Your Complete Guide

Jesse Alexander For Educators, For Students, Fun Facts, Graduation

For many graduates, the traditional cap and gown is just an eccentric outfit that you wear on graduation day, but the tradition has a long and storied past. When we walk into the ceremony with our graduation caps, we enter a rite of passage that our ancestors have performed for more than 700 years. In this robust guide, we’ve shared …

Tips for Choosing the Right Sorority

Tara Albi For Students, Fun Facts, Graduation

Greek life can provide a healthy social outlet while in college, as well as academic and volunteer opportunities. However, choosing the right sorority may take some time, especially if your college has an extensive Greek presence. In this practical guide, we’ve shared some common-sense tips for selecting a sorority, so that you end up with best friends and business connections …