Tips on Preparing for College Graduation

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Graduation is fast approaching. The feeling of finally reaching the end is overwhelming and something that at one point seemed so distant. Although the dream is so close, the reality is that these last couple of months will be the most difficult. On top of coursework, finals, and searching for jobs, it can be hard to remember what you should be focusing on to ensure that you are prepared for your final curtain call at your graduation. The following is a checklist of things to keep in mind as graduation approaches.

Meet With Your Advisor

Each major has a set of course requirements that must be met to graduate. You’ve probably already received confirmation that you are ready to graduate, but it’s always best to double-check with your advisor. The meeting with them will not only clear doubts that you may have had, but they can also clarify what steps you should take moving forward. Any unpaid balances on your account can prevent you from graduating, so this can be the perfect time to raise these concerns to your advisor if you do have an outstanding balance that you are unable to pay before graduation.

Your advisor is also the best resource to ask any ceremony questions you may have regarding regalia requirements, dress code, or venue directions. Your biggest regret will be getting to the venue late and missing the opportunity to graduate with the rest of your class.

Post Grad Goals

Whether you decide to jump straight into your career, take some time off, or pursue graduate school, you should have a plan moving forward. Nothing is worse than working toward a degree and not preparing to get the best out of your education.

For those for are jumping right into their professional careers, planning is crucial to ensure that you can get employment soon after graduation. Finding out the types of positions you are looking for, deciding whether you are willing to relocate, and having a solid resume are all important in moving toward getting your dream job.

If you’re planning to take a much-needed break either by yourself or with friends, have a well-prepared itinerary to make the most of your time. Group traveling can be difficult, so ensure that everyone is on the same page and ready to make memories.

Preparing for Graduation Ceremony

This is the moment that you have worked toward for an exceptionally long time, and now you get to experience this day alongside your peers. Leading up to the ceremony, it's important to note the date and time of the ceremony along with the location. Depending on the venue size, some universities may only allow students to invite a select few of their family members, so getting this information as soon as possible can allow for arrangements to be made. Things like tickets, parking passes, and regalia are things that you must obtain before the day of the ceremony. Make sure that you get these items before the deadlines.

Pro tip: try your outfit on to make sure everything looks appropriate and that you are comfortable. Keep in mind that graduation ceremonies run on a strict schedule. Students participating in the ceremony must arrive earlier. Arriving late at the venue can mean you miss your opportunity to walk the stage.

Enjoy Your Last Semester

Make the most of these last couple of months on campus. Attend events, join organizations, and spend time with your friends. Just because this is your last semester does not mean that this is the time to slack off. Leave your college with a bang, and make sure that you leave feeling good about all that you’ve accomplished.

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