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Graduation Etiquette

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Whether it’s for a high school diploma, bachelors, or master’s degree a graduation deserves celebration.  However, in the midst of all the joy and excitement its polite to follow a few guidelines as a attendee or graduate.

A few rules of engagement during the ceremony:

Mute your cell phones. Simple enough but commonly forgotten!

Don’t leave until the ceremony has concluded. Show a little courtesy to all graduates and make your departure after all graduates have received their diploma.

Hold your applause until each graduate’s name has been called.  Hard though it may be to hold your excitement; please wait until the announcer has finished.

Organise a babysitter.  It can be a boring ritual for even the adults so now is the perfect excuse to organise a babysitter and enjoy a few hours – child free!

Tickets.  No ticket?  No entry!

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Gifting

Parents and family members oftentimes take this celebration to splurge on a car or a computer.  For others gifts such as luggage, books or stock certificates are presents which will be appreciated for years ahead.   Flowers are also considered an acceptable gift, especially if the giver is unable to be present at the ceremony.  Individuals who recieved a graduation announcement only are not obliged to gift the graduate.

The graduate is expected to write a small thank-you note (two or three lines is perfect) in appreciation of the gift received.  This is best sent immediately following the graduation date.

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Invitations/Announcements

Be mindful of the distinction between a graduation announcement (includes the graduation/degree details) and a graduation invitation (invite to the ceremony).   Graduations tend to limit the amount of seats available to each graduation.  Usually seats are reserved for immediate family only.  One simple way to include other family members and friends of the graduate is to arrange a after-ceremony celebration.  Unlike the ceremony/after-party invitation, graduation announcements are usually sent out after the graduation event.

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Attire

It is recommended that graduates find out the colour of the ribbons/tassels they will be donning previous to the graduation day and coordinate their clothes accordingly.  Male graduates usually wear business attire without a suit jacket.  (Graduate gowns are 100% polyester and can be rather warm on a summers day)  Ladies look best in a knee-length dress/skirt that will coordinate and flow with the black gown.
Shoes should be carfelly considered as its one of the first (and most noticeable) of the graduate’s attire!  Black is a popular choice but why not be bold and choose red or similar?

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