Preparing for life after college or high school may feel like a daunting task. When you’re in the heat of finals it’s easy to forget to prepare for graduation. We recommend savoring your last weeks as a student and creating an action plan for your upcoming graduation festivities. Whether preparing for college life or the working world, these graduation tips will help start your next chapter with confidence.
Invitations are arguably the most boring part of graduation planning, so it’s best to get it done early. That way, you can move onto more exciting activities. Before sending out official invitations, find out how many tickets your school gives to each graduate. Once you know that, you can make a list of family and friends you want to attend. Send them a special invitation a few months ahead of time. It’s important to give them time to make travel and lodging arrangements. After mailing a small group of people your graduation ceremony invitations, you can send out a larger number graduation after-party invitations. Just like with your ceremony invitations, you should send the party ones a few weeks in advance. You want to ensure your guests for both events have enough time to RSVP.
If you’re graduating from high school or college, you must fulfill certain requirements to receive your diploma. College students must complete all the lower-division and upper-division coursework that’s specified by their major, while also earning a base number of credits. Likewise, high school students must pass a certain number of required courses and state examinations to graduate. Make sure you’ve completed these requirements and any relevant paperwork. For private schools and most colleges, you’ll want to make sure you’re all paid up. Any outstanding tuition payments will count against your ability to graduate on time.
As you prepare for graduation with classmates, you’ll need to make a custom order for a cap, gown, and any other graduation accessories. Typically, your school will negotiate a deal with a graduation retailer, so that every student can purchase caps and gowns in the same set of colors and fabrics. Talk to your college or high school advisor to find out how to order graduation attire, or visit GraduationSource for more information.
Preparing for life after college doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, you owe it to yourself to enjoy a few months of freedom before diving into the working world. We highly recommend going on a summer adventure in an exotic location, reading a few books for pleasure, and spending quality time with friends and family. Get some life experience outside of the classroom, and broaden your horizons before becoming a full-fledged “adult.”