Graduation season will soon be upon us so now seems like the perfect time to think about how to celebrate your special day. It may feel like only yesterday your parents were dropping you off at your halls of residence, but after years of studying towards your degree, it’s time for the biggest of day of your life thus far, apparently. There can be a lot of pressure to enjoy the day, and to take the perfect photographs, but with lots to coordinate it can be a stressful event. We have put together some ideas for ensuring your big day runs smoothly and ways you can celebrate with your family and classmates.
Planning well in advance of your graduation day will save you a last-minute panic; be sure to organise the ceremony tickets, and your gown and hat, as soon as possible. With so many students graduating at the same time, local accommodation can also get booked up very quickly so consider booking once you have your ceremony date. Having your loved ones around you will make the day even more special so planning head ensures no one misses out.
This is the big moment your years of studying has been leading up to. Pick an outfit which is comfortable and appropriate – and shoes you can walk in! There will be speeches and some waiting around while you wait for your name to be read out, but enjoy soaking up the atmosphere and excitement. Walking across the stage can be nerve-wracking so show your support by cheering on your classmates as they collect their diplomas.
If you would like professional photos you will have to book these in advance to secure a timeslot with the photographer. Your parents will also be snap-happy on your graduation day so keep smiling even if your jaw is aching. In the years to come you will be glad to have so many photos as evidence of this historic day. Don’t forget to capture the must-have hat throwing shot with your friends!
Universities now offer a whole range of branded merchandise for students to purchase on graduation day; including t-shirts, sweatshirts, pens, bags, notepads and mugs. Think about buying a small souvenir you can take with you into adult life.
Some may argue the graduation meal is the most important part of the day. Popular restaurants can book up months in advance so if you have your eye on somewhere special, consider booking it as soon as the graduation dates are released. Restaurants often put on a special graduation menu so be sure to ask what will be on offer on the day.
When it comes to your graduation ceremony, being organised will ensure a stress-free day for you and your family. Don’t be late – there can be lots of dashing between different venues so plan to make sure you have enough time. Celebrate the day by taking lots of photos, cheering on your friends as they collect their diplomas and toasting to your degree. Remember, your graduation ceremony is a celebration of your hard work and achievements so enjoy the moment celebrating with your family, friends and classmates.